Going Abroad?

Why Apostille or attestation of documents required?

Apostille or attestation of documents requirement

Every country has its set of procedures to verify the documents of its citizens. But a country can’t verify the document of citizen belongs to another country. Hence, when you travel abroad for work or residential settlement purpose, you need another process that is called Certificate Attestation. All your Educational and Non-educational certificates are to be attested from concerned authorities before you proceed abroad. But to note that, you need a specific attestation procedure of such documents which are required by the country you are proceeding.


When you are planning to work in USA you need Apostille of your educational documents whereas you need UAE embassy attestation when you are travelling UAE.

Here you would get details what is Apostille & which country accepts Apostille?

What is Aposttile?

An “Apostille” is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. Apostille Stamp is a square shaped computer generated sticker stamp, pasted on reverse of the Apostille documents by the MEA, India. Similarly Apostille MEA Stamp is a unique stamp having a unique identification number, through which any member of country of the Hague convention can check its authencity on internet.

Countries That Accept Apostille:

Following are the countries that have signed The Hague Convention and are member of it. As they are signatory members of the Apostille treaty they do not require a compulsory MEA general attestation and demand MEA to issue Apostille to the documents intended to be used in their country. But the requirement of attestation and Apostille can vary depending upon the type of document:

Procedure of Apostille:

That country who is a member of Hague Convention requires only Apostille procedure for authentication of documents. India is a member since 15 Nov 1965. India has designated the same authority for Apostille as it has designated for General attestation i.e, ( MEA ) . MEA undertakes attestation and Apostille both.

Here you have the procedure for authentication of documents:

Step 1: Preliminary documents authentication

List the number of documents and certificate requiring MEA to issue Apostille. First it should be verified by concerned State/ Union territory. When state authority attested the documents/ certificates then MEA can issue Apostille.

A list of the Regional Authentication Centers and the designated authorities (as on July 8, 2013) can be seen on the MEA website http://www.mea.gov.in/

Step 2: Legalization of documents

There are three types of Apostille procedures for different documents-

1) For Educational Documents:

Concerned State Government’s Educational Department/ Union Territory ( HRD/ GAD) and Apostille from MEA.

2) For Non-Educational Documents:

When you have non-educational Documents then Home department of concerned state/ Union Territory Plus Apostille from MEA.

3) For Commercial Documents:

These are the address of offices of MEA where you can have your Apostille completed.

Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs (Consular, Passport & Visa Division), Attestation Cell, Patiala House Annexe, Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110011. Telefax: 011-23387931, Email: sooi@mea.gov.in , usexoi@mea.gov.in

Chennai: Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, 68, College Road, E.V.K. Sampath Mallaligai, 7th Floor, Numgambakkam, Chennai -600006. Phone: 044-28252200, 28251323, Fax: 044-28251034, Email: sbs.chennai@mea.gov.in

Hyderabad: Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, B-Block, Room No. 310-312, Andhra Pradesh Secretariat, Hyderabad-500022. Phone: 040-23456051, Fax: 040-23451244, Email: hobs.hyderabad@mea.gov.in

Kolkata: Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, 2, Ballygunge, Park Road, Kolkata-700019. Phone: 033-22879701, 22802686, Fax: 033-22879703, Email: meacal@dataone.in

About us:

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You have two options. Either you can complete yourself following the procedures above or you can take the support of our services.

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