Apostille Certificate Attestation
Apostille Authentication / Legalisation
What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country where the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, Apostille Convention, is in force. Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties to the Convention. Normally, there are multiple designated Competent Authorities to issue Apostilles, the authority to issue an Apostille for a particular document depends on the origin of the document in question. State documents such as notarizations or vital records are authenticated by designated state competent authorities, usually the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the international organization that created the Apostille Convention, maintains an Apostille Section on its website with helpful information such as a user brochure The ABCs of Apostilles, and links to competent authorities for every country, including the United States, where the Convention is in force.
Apostille Attestation without HRD
Apostille attestation in India is done by the Ministry of external Affairs Govt of India. However the ministry does not do the attestations directly but it is outsourced to some selective agencies located in various parts of India.
Besides these outsourced agencies the MEA does have some offices where they take applications directly from individuals. However all these centers insist for HRD attestations prior to Apostille attestations without any exception Now to get the HRD done one has to undertake a tedious process of doing the University verification first followed by Home department attestation and only then you can submit for HRD. Again the days for submission and collection are fixed i.e. you can submit documents for 2 days in a week and collect the same only 2 days a week. Depending on states the days may differ however the process is more or less tedious and time taking. So doing HRD may be one month’s job and for someone who is relocating for job /education to other country one month is too precious to loose in documentation process.
Therefore if one has to do hassle free Apostille attestation without much trouble it’s advisable to find a good agency which is approved by Government and has good market reputation, then hand over the job to them
Apostille Attestation in Chennai for Oman UAE Qatar
The countries like UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi etc do not have any consulates in Chennai location. However if you consider the population of qualified candidates moving to these countries for jobs, it’s surprising that many of them are from Chennai / Tamil Nadu. So for all candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu they have an option of travelling all way to Mumbai / Delhi for doing their attestation or they have to send their documents by courier to those locations to hand over to those agencies who undertake required attestations. Also if there are any local attestations involved then the outside agency may not be able to do that and then whole process takes huge amount of time. Therefore its always better to find a local Chennai based agency which has its own offices in Mumbai and Delhi etc and can take care of all required attestations end to end. Also the documents handover is safe (by hand) and there are no risks for candidate to send it by courier.
Further any Consulate Attestation nowadays HRD has become compulsory. When you approach the Secretariat in Chennai for HRD you are required to submit and show various documents like your original offer letter from UAE Company, your passport in original, etc. then you need to pay for the verification fees by DD and the amount depends on the university from which you have done your graduation. After taking care of all these hassles then the HRD attestation is completed after which the process is as follows : Notary attestation + Home Department Attestation + Ministry of External affairs (New Delhi) and finally by the UAE Consulate.
For all this process it takes minimum 5 – 7 working days (after HRD is finished) and the HRD itself may take one to two weeks time depending on how fast your university replies to the verification request.
Therefore many a times its better to avoid the HRD process and directly proceed with the UAE Consulate attestation. Whether this is possible or not depends on your documents, earlier attestations done and your requirements. This saves lot of time and effort and serves the purpose because it is finally the UAE Consulate attestation that matters for further process.
Manav Consultants has office in Chennai (Egmore) and we have helped many candidates with attestations for UAE and all other countries. To know more about this process you can call us on 044 65650513 / 7358411696 and speak to our experts who can guide you through this process. We also offer 24X 7 Whatsapp support for all your queries.
Which countries accept Apostille authentication?
The countries below have acceded to the Apostille Convention. Documents which have been endorsed with an Apostille by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and which are to be used in one of the countries below do not require legalization by the Copenhagen Embassy of the country in question.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dominica, Commonwealth of
Korea, Republic of (South)
Macedonia, FYR of
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
* As concerns The People’s Republic of CHINA, it is only Hong Kong and Macao that accept the Apostille legalisation without an extra legalisation from the Chinese Embassy.
Click here for an updated list of member states on Hague Conference website, www.hcch.net.
Which are agencies in India who can undertake Apostille authentication?
In India the authentications are done by various Government Ministries i.e. HRD, Home and MEA etc. However some of the authentications have been outsourced to few private agencies at various locations in India. If you need to get your documents to be legalized / authenticated by Apostille, please call our expert attestation consultants on +91 7738980318 / 99704 66594.
We arrange Pick-Up / Drop of documents from following locations as mentioned below:
We render Apostille Attestation services at our sister concerns which are situated at Pune, Navi Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad
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