First and foremost thing that comes to your mind after hearing about apostille is “What is apostille?”
In basic words apostille is certificate/ Sticker given by Ministry of external affairs for genuine document.
Every person who is born in a country basically will receive a birth certificate as a proof of Date of Birth marriage certificate as a proof of marriage, once you tavel to new contry on Work visa or dependent visa the other country wants these documents to verify your claims.
The foreign country wants to be sure that all the documents that you submit to them are genuine so they ask you to get apostille, to get apostille your documents go through sevel departments to check the authenticity of the document. Once you have apostille for your document the foreign country is now sure that the document is genuine.
Apostille marriage certificate reasons to get it.
- Flying on dependent VISA
- Going on Work VISA
- Getting PR done in other country
Ways to get Apostille Marriage certificate
Basically there are two ways of getting apostille from MEA
- State Verification
- SDM Verification
All the documents issued in india relates to some states in India.
In this method of apostille 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.
State verification in detail
State attestation takes a lot of time, there is a shorter way to get apostille marriage certificate from MEA through SDM verification.
In this kind of verification your documents are submitted with Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM).
Once the SDM verification is done then the document is submitted to MEA for apostille.
Time required to finish this kind of apostille depends on the package you choose.
Varies from 3 days to 14 days
Both the apostille are legally accepted in hague nations (113) countries.
However for Italy and Austria require state verification.
For Non hague nations (nations which are not in the hague nation list)
The documents must go through State verification and then MEA apostille after that embassy attestation should be done.(Only for Non hague nations)
How does our company help MEA ?
MEA apostilles thousands of documents everyday, In 2012 there was a boom in number documents that MEA received. It was very hard for MEA to keep track of all the documents.
So this job was outsourced to us. The collection and distribution of documents is our job.
Finally MEA has the right to apostille the document.
MEA no longer accepts the documents directly from citizens.
Which one is better SDM or state ?
If your Destination country is in Hague naton list, Except Italy and Austria then you should go for SDM attestation since this costs less and takes less time.
However if your documents belong to Punjab, Haryana and Goa the SDM costs are different there is extra verification for documents from these states.
Your destination country does not belong to Hague nation State attestation has to done then MEA apostille after that Embassy attestation(only for non hague nations).
Validity of Apostille marriage certificate?
Apostille marriage certificate or apostille in general which is provided by MEA will have a validity of 6 months. Other countries have different validity. Indian apostille have 6 months validity.
How do I apply for MEA Apostille Marriage certificate or any certificate?
You can register here and get your doubts cleared.
Apostille can be a little bit tricky it’s always good to talk to people with knowledge.
Get all the information regarding the process.
Steps involved in Apostille
Following are the details an Apostille contains:
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 it will be processed through MEA for apostille. We will check the details of the apostille itself like your name date and seals. If there is any correction required we will process the document again.