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Process of getting US Document apostille in India

Apostille for US documents in India is a process of authenticating a US document for its originality, Correctness and Authenticity. US documents with apostille are considered as legal documents outside the United states of America ( USA ).

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According to the Hague convention of 1961 any USA document which is being used outside the USA must get an apostille by the relevant authorities in order to be considered as a legal document in Hague countries.

Apostille is done to reduce fraudulent documents being used outside the US.

All the documents which are either issued by the 50 states or by the federal government need to get a US apostille in order to be considered as legal documents in India or outside the US.

Apostille has wide variety of applications such 

  • To apply for OCI (overseas citizen of India ), You must get US birth certificate Apostille or US marriage certificate Apostille
  • To Apply for Spouse/ Dependent visa or to Register your marriage done in USA you need to  obtain US marriage certificate apostille.
  • To marry a US citizen in Indian you must get US birth certificate apostille

4 Simple steps to get MEA Apostille on your Documents 

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect all  Documents you want to Apostille 
  3. Submit the Original / Photocopies of documents
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille Directly to your home

Process of getting US Apostille in India

Any US document comes under 2 departments for Apostille process 

  1. State department issued documents 
  2. Federal Government issued documents

Apostille process for State issued document

Documents such as

1) US birth certificate 

2) US marriage certificate 

3) US Power of attorney and other Notarial documents 

4) US Death Certificate 

5) US Degree Certificate  Etc 

Come under any of the 50 US state governments, Since the document is issued from the state government, an apostille will be done by the respective document issuing state government.

There are 2 ways you can get apostille for any State issued document

  1. Apostille on Original document 
  2. Apostille on Photocopy of the original document

Apostille on Original document

For this process the Original document must be submitted 

The most preferable method for apostille is on original documents due to its high acceptance rate. All countries accept apostille done on original document

Once the original document is submitted Initially, the document is verified through vital entry check and then the document is Supplied to the Secretary of State (SOS).After carefully checking the documents the apostille is done for the document

Apostille on Photocopy of the original document

If you are unable to submit the original document for apostille, you can get apostille on the photocopy. This Method of apostille is also valid but however it is always better to check with the authorities to whom you are submitting the documents. If they agree to accept apostille on photocopies then go ahead.

Below are steps followed for Apostille of US document Photocopy

  1. The document entry is checked on the vitals or with the issuing authorities ( University, Public health department.. Etc )
  2. Photocopy of the document is taken and Notary public will attest the document 
  3. Document is submitted to Secretary of state office for SOS Apostille 
  4. After thorough verification the apostille will be done by the Secretary of state.

Federal Government Apostille

Any document issued by the federal government needs to be apostilled by the Federal department( US department of state / USDOS )

The document such as the FBI Background verification certificate, US Passport comes under the Federal government. So Apostille will be done by the Federal apostille.

This type of apostille is known as USDOS Apostille.
You must submit the original document to get an apostille by the Federal government.

Steps Involved in obtaining US Document Apostille in India

Step 1 – Register for US Apostille
Step 2 – Submit the original documents to us
Step 3 – Get Apostille by the State Secretary or USDOS / Federal government
Step 4 – Get Documents couriered back to you

How long does it take to obtain an apostille for US documents or certificates in India?

The time frame for apostille issuance varies based on the document’s originating state or federal level. Typically, in India, US apostille processing takes around 10 working days. Additionally, accounting for courier transit to and from the US adds approximately 8 working days. Thus, it’s advisable to allow roughly 20 working days for the complete apostille process. Opting for apostille on photocopies can expedite the process by 5-6 working days.

Some states offer expedited services for an additional fee, potentially reducing the processing time to 3-4 working days. It’s recommended to consult with us before proceeding.

What is the cost of obtaining a US apostille in India?

Several factors influence the cost:

  • The issuing state of the original document.
  • Choice of courier service.
  • Apostille requirement for the original document or photocopy.
  • Preference for expedited or normal processing.

Generally, the apostille alone may cost around $80 in India(subject to change). Additional courier charges apply. For an accurate quotation, please contact us directly.

Process for obtaining full legalisation of US-issued documents for non-Hague countries in India:

Several factors influence the cost:

  • The issuing state of the original document.
  • Choice of courier service.
  • Apostille requirement for the original document or photocopy.
  • Preference for expedited or normal processing.

Generally, the apostille alone may cost around $80 in India(subject to change). Additional courier charges apply. For an accurate quotation, please contact us directly.

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