Degree Certificate Apostille

Degree certificate is a proof for completing your bachelor degree. Apostille is required for degree certificate if you are trying to get the job outside the country or you are going abroad for education purpose.
Read through this article to know everything about apostille for degree certificate.

How to get MEA Attestation on Educational Certificates?

There are 4 steps in getting MEA Attestation

  1. Collecting all the relevant document
  2. Deciding which type of apostille to get
  3. Registering for apostille  
  4. Submitting the documents 

What is apostille ?

Since you are born in India, you have received lot of documents  from the government, private or public organizations. In the later stage if you want to move to other country then that country needs proof of your birth , qualifications, experience Etc.
The other country want to be sure that the documents that you have submitted are not a fraudulent documents. In order to confirm that the documents are genuine, you need to get Apostille from MEA. We will do the background check for authenticity of the documents and MEA will seal your documents for authenticity.

Reasons for getting Degree certificate apostille are,

Documents required for degree certificate apostille?

Below are the documents that you need to submit to us in order to start the background check and get the apostille for your documents.

  1. Original document 
  2. Supporting documents such as passport photocopies or aadhar card

There are basically two types of degree certificate apostille

We Do the back ground check in two ways as mentioned below.

  1. State authentication then MEA apostille 
  2. SDM authentication then MEA apostille

State Attestation

All the documents issued in india relates to some states in India.
In this method of apostille, the State government has to verify the document authenticity first.
State authentication will be done by the secretariat of the district in which the document is issued.
The apostille Marriage certificate is provided only after state verification is done.

There are many government bodies are involved in this process.
This process will take 30 working days to complete the whole process.

Check out here for State verification in detail.

SDM Authentication

SDM is Sub divisional magistrate,
In this method of verification, your documents are checked for authenticity first and then SDM will certify your document for correctness and truthfulness.
Once the SDM seal is done then MEA will take this document for final check and puts the Apostille.
This is a faster root since not many government department are involved in the verification. 
Most of the time the verification is done within 2-3 working days.

HRD Attestation, Human Resource Department Attestation, Attestation for Educational Certificates, Degree Certificate Attestation, Academic Certificate Attestation

Which one is better?

Since there are 2 ways of doing an apostille choosing which one becomes very important.
Choosing the kind of apostille depends on the destination country you are travelling.
If your travelling destination is in Hague nation list then SDM is good for you. It takes less time and money.
But there are exception countries such as Austria and Italy, even though they are in Hague nation list, they require state attestation.
If the travel destination is not a Hague nation, then you must get state attestation. Once MEA apostille is done through State Attestation then document has to get Embassy attestation for the country which doesn’t belong to Hague nation. 

Time required for both type of Authentication.

State + MEA apostille requires more time since lot of government departments are involved in it.
Requires more than 30 working days and cost is also higher than SDM apostille.
On the other hand
SDM is a cost effective and very quick process. Required time depends on the package you choose on our website.

Can we directly submit the document to MEA ?

Before 2012 you could have submitted your documents directly to MEA but after 2012 the documents received for apostille escalated rapidly. MEA alone couldn’t handle this collection and distribution task.
So the collection and distribution of the documents was given to us.
Once you submit the documents to us, we will intern submit the documents on your behalf to MEA.
We take care of your documents as our own documents.
Some universities/ employers will also ask for apostille of transcript its better and advisable to get the transcript apostille.
People  who are going to foreign under work or dependent visa, it is advisable to get apostille for marriage, birth and PCC initially. Once you are there in foreign and if you need apostille for these documents then courier costs will be way more.

How do I apply for apostille?

You can apply here for apostille give all the details in the form.

Steps involved in Apostille

An Apostille contains following details:

What happens once I apply for apostille?

Once you apply for Apostille, we will check the document for authenticity and will check the document with concerned departments for correctness. 
If the document submitted to us is proper, we will process it further to SDM.
After SDM signs, the document will be processed through MEA for apostille. We will check the details of the apostille itself like your name, date and seals are present in the Apostille or not. If there is any correction required we will process the document again.

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Frequently asked questions

Apostille or Attestation on Educational Documents by Ministry of External Affairs in India Can be done by Submitting the original Documents or True Copies of Original Documents Issued from the relevant School Boards / Universities.

Steps to get Apostille on your Educational Documents:

  • Register here
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.

Apostille Attestation is Legalization of your documents from Ministry of External Affairs in India. Apostille can be given for the documents issued in India by any authority or issued by any Indian authorities outside the country like Embassy / Consulate. Apostille from MEA can be used in any particular country apart from India.

For more details click here .

Apostille and Attestation are similar words. But Apostille will be given from the Ministry of External Affairs in India. Attestation has a broader meaning. Attestation from MEA is called Apostille. Attestation can be given by State Government or Embassy.

For Educational documents attestation from state government is called HRD attestation.

For Non Educational documents such as Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Affidavits state attestation is called home department attestation.

Attestation for any documents from Indian Embassy is called Embassy Attestation.

For further details click here.

Ministry of External Affairs Attestation ( Apostille ) can be done in 2 ways.

  1. State Authentication / Attestation,
  2. Sub Divisional Magistrate ( SDM ) Attestation / Authentication.

State Attestation Process takes longer time compared to SDM attestation. It’s better to do SDM Apostille since it is fast.

If you are travelling to Italy or Austria, then state attestation is required. For all the other Hague nations SDM Apostille is enough, legal, valid and accepted.

Procedure to get Apostille on your Documents:

  • Register here
  • Submit the documents with us.
  • Pay for the Apostille
  • Receive documents after Apostille to your Address.

If you have any further questions or need more clarification, feel free to Contact Us.

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