APOSTILLE STAMP SERVICES

MEA Apostille:

The Hague Convention of October 1961 Abolished the Requirement of Legalization of foreign public documents. The Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all other member countries who are signatories to the Hague Convention. Apostille is affixed by competent authorities designated by the government of a country which is party to the convention. Apostille is done for personal documents like Birth, Marriage, Death Certificates, Affidavits, Educational documents like Degrees, Diplomas, Secondary level Certificates etc.

Apostille stamp is a square shaped computer generated sticker, pasted on reverse of the Original Documents by the MEA, India. MEA Apostille Stamp is a unique sticker having a unique identification number, through which any member country of The Hague convention can check its authenticity online. Under normal circumstances, once the document has been Apostilled by MEA, it does not need to be attested any more from the concerned foreign embassy.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India has outsourced its Attestation and certificate Apostille work with effect from March 1, 2012. MEA is the sole authorized body having the authority to issue Apostille and authenticate the documents originated in India for use in foreign country. Superb Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. is one of the authorized outsourced companies for collection and delivery of documents on behalf of MEA to carry out further procedure of Apostille Attestation. As a result of Outsourcing, collection and delivery of documents are not accepted from individual applicants by CPV Division of the Ministry of External Affairs at Patiala House, New Delhi. All applicants are required to submit and collect their documents through the outsourced companies.

We are operating MEA Apostille Support Service Centres for collection and delivery of documents at following locations:-

Apart from the above service centres we also have Branches in different states to facilitate the collection and delivery services of documents from all over the India. We are present in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Bangalore, Pune, Maharashtra, Hyderabad, Kochi, Trivandrum and Dubai- UAE.

Procedure of Apostille:

India became member of the Hague Convention in 2005 which abolished the requirement of legalization of public documents. In India, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) undertakes both, Apostille attestation and general attestation of documents. The procedure is as follows-

Step 1: Authentication of documents

All original documents/certificates requiring MEA to issue Apostille must be first authenticated by the designated authorities of the State/Union Territory from where the document is issued. Indian Apostille can only be issued by MEA when the respective relevant state authority has attested a particular document. A list of the Regional Authentication Centers and the designated authorities can be seen on the MEA website http://www.mea.gov.in/


Step 2:Legalization of documents

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) attests /legalizes the documents only after these have been authenticated with the signature and seal/stamp of the designated authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce from where the documents have been issued. The MEA legalizes the certificate/documents on the basis of the signature of the designated authorities; hence it does not take responsibility of the contents of the documents.

For Educational Documents:

Education Department of the concerned State Government/Union Territory (HRD/GAD)/NORKA + Apostille from MEA

For Non-Educational Documents:

State Home Department/GAD/SDM of the concerned State Government/Union Territory + Apostille from MEA

For Commercial Documents:

Respective Chamber of Commerce + Apostille from MEA


Types of Documents and Charges:

While no fee is levied by the Ministry of External Affairs for General Attestation, there is a fee of Rs.50/- (Rupees Fifty only) per document Apostille. The fee is to be paid by means of Indian Postal Orders payable in favor of Pay & Accounts Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. Service charge payable to SEPL is the same for both general attestation and apostille attestation.

Only Original documents duly authenticated by the designated authorities of the concerned State Governments are Apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs. Apostille sticker is issued on the reverse side of the original document. The applicants need to submit the following documents:

(a) Original document to be Apostilled;
(b) One clear photocopy of the document;
(c) One clear photocopy of the passport;
(d) Postal Order of Rs.50/- payable to Pay & Accounts Officer, MEA, New Delhi.
(e) Our service charges as given below:


Service Fee
  Type of Documents   Charges for each documents
  Apostille ( Govt. Fee)   Rs.50/- for each Apostille Sticker
  Service Fee (SEPL)   Rs.90/- per document (same fee for all types of documents educational, personal or commercial)
  Scanning Fee(SEPL)   Rs.3/- per page

Note:

images/down-arrow2 Documents can be deposited in our “Collection & Delivery” counters between 0900 hrs and 1800 hrs from Monday to Saturday excluding holidays.
images/down-arrow2 However, in case the document is found fake or the authentication forged, the same will be seized by the Ministry of External Affairs. The Ministry may also initiate appropriate legal action against the applicant. The service charge paid to us or Apostille fee paid to the Ministry of External Affairs cannot be returned in any circumstances.
images/down-arrow2 It is relevant to mention that the MEA does not issue Apostille on the photocopies of documents. Applicants are advised not to rely on unauthorized persons for Apostille attestation services.
images/down-arrow2 Documents can be deposited and collected back either in person or through an authorized representative. Documents will be returned only on production of receipt for payment of service charge.

Educational Documents
images/arrow1Degree Certificate Apostille
images/arrow1PG Degree Certificate
images/arrow1BE Certificate
images/arrow1Diploma Certificate
images/arrow1Nursing Certificate
images/arrow1SSC Certificate
images/arrow1HSC Certificate
images/arrow1Inter Certificate
images/arrow1MBBS Certificate
images/arrow1Dentists Certificate
images/arrow1Engineering Certificate
images/arrow1Transcript Certificate
images/arrow1Nursing Certificate
images/arrow1Pharmacy Certificate
images/arrow1MS Certificate
images/arrow1MD Certificate
images/arrow1Mark Sheets
Non-Educational Documents
images/arrow1Marriage Certificate Apostille
images/arrow1Birth Certificate Apostille
images/arrow1Leaving Certificate
images/arrow1Police Clearance
images/arrow1Registration Certificate
images/arrow1Power of Attorney
images/arrow1Bona-fide Certificate
images/arrow1Medical Certificate
Commercial Documents
images/arrow1Export Invoice
images/arrow1Packaging list
images/arrow1Power of Attorney
images/arrow1Certificate of Origin
images/arrow1Certificate of incorporation
images/arrow1Chemical analysis report
images/arrow1Physical analysis report

Countries That Accept Apostille:

Following are the countries that have signed The Hague Convention 1961 and are members of it. As they are signatory to the Convention, documents to be used in these countries do not require general attestation and MEA can issue Apostille to the documents which are acceptable by member countries:-

images/arrow1Albania
images/arrow1Andora
images/arrow1Antigua
images/arrow1Argentina
images/arrow1Armenia
images/arrow1Australia
images/arrow1Austria
images/arrow1Azerbaijan
images/arrow1Bahamas
images/arrow1Bahrain
images/arrow1Barbados
images/arrow1Belarus
images/arrow1Belgium
images/arrow1Belize
images/arrow1Bosnia and Herzegovina
images/arrow1Botswana
images/arrow1Brunei Darussalam
images/arrow1Cape Verde
images/arrow1Colombia
images/arrow1Cook Island
images/arrow1Costa Rica
images/arrow1Croatia
images/arrow1Cyprus
images/arrow1Czech Republic
images/arrow1Denmark
images/arrow1Dominica
images/arrow1Dominican Republic
images/arrow1Ecuador
images/arrow1El Salvador
images/arrow1Estonia
images/arrow1Fiji
images/arrow1Finland
images/arrow1France
images/arrow1Georgia
images/arrow1Germany
images/arrow1Greece
images/arrow1Grenada
images/arrow1Hungary
images/arrow1Honduras
images/arrow1Hong Kong
images/arrow1Iceland
images/arrow1India
images/arrow1Ireland
images/arrow1Israel
images/arrow1Italy
images/arrow1Japan
images/arrow1Kazakhstan
images/arrow1Kyrgyzstan
images/arrow1Latvia
images/arrow1Lesotho
images/arrow1Liberia
images/arrow1Liechtenstein
images/arrow1Lithuania
images/arrow1Luxemburhg
images/arrow1Macau
images/arrow1Macedonia
images/arrow1Malawi
images/arrow1Malta
images/arrow1Marshal Island
images/arrow1Mauritius
images/arrow1Mexico
images/arrow1Moldova (Republic)
images/arrow1Monaco
images/arrow1Montenegro
images/arrow1Namibia
images/arrow1Netherland
images/arrow1New Zealand
images/arrow1Niue
images/arrow1Norway
images/arrow1Oman
images/arrow1Poland
images/arrow1Peru
images/arrow1Panama
images/arrow1Portugal
images/arrow1Romania
images/arrow1Russian
images/arrow1Saint Kitts
images/arrow1Saint Lucia
images/arrow1Slaint Vincent
images/arrow1Samoa
images/arrow1San Marino
images/arrow1Sao Tome
images/arrow1Serbia
images/arrow1Seychelles
images/arrow1Slovakia
images/arrow1South Africa
images/arrow1South Korea
images/arrow1Spain
images/arrow1Sluriname
images/arrow1Tonga
images/arrow1Trinidad & Tobago
images/arrow1Turkey
images/arrow1Ukraine
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images/arrow1USA
images/arrow1Uruguay
images/arrow1Uzbekistan
images/arrow1Vanuatu
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FAQ

A Marriage certificate is an inevitable document requiring authentication overseas if you are sponsoring your spouse’s visa. No expat can apply for a spouse or fiance visa without a marriage certificate. The concerned government official needs evidence to prove the authenticity of your relationship and an Apostille marriage certificate confirms the legitimacy of your marriage overseas. Do make sure to Apostille your document from all concerned authorities to avoid any hassles or rejections later.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is the sole proprietary organization in India authenticating Indian-originated certificates with Apostille stamp. However, one can’t directly apply for the Apostille attestation. The Ministry has outsourced a few agencies who can submit documents on the applicant’s behalf. Applicants can’t visit the MEA branch directly for Apostille.

A birth certificate and all other Indian personal documents are Apostille by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The MEA has opened its Branch Secretariats/RPOs in numerous cities of India for easing this whole procedure for Indian citizens, including Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Raipur, Bhopal, Kochi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Panaji, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru. Also, search for MEA outsourced agencies in your region for submission and collection of the documents for Apostille.

The Ministry of External Affairs Apostilles a document within 1 business day. The time taken for the completion of document Apostille depends upon the type of document and state government departments. Since a document is authenticated by several government departments, it can take from 5 to 10 or more business days to get Apostille. Educational documents usually take more time as compared to other documents.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) charges Rs. 50 per document for Apostille. Previously the payment was made through postal orders, but now it has been discontinued, and now the fees can only be paid online. The Ministry has outsourced a few agencies who can submit and collect documents on the applicant’s behalf. The fee chargeable by the outsourced agencies per document as per the MEA for Apostille is Rs. 90 (Service Fee) and Rs. 3 per page (Scanning Fee).

The Ministry only attests to the original copy of a document, and all photocopies will be rejected. Any fraudulent document will be confiscated by the MEA, and strict actions will be taken against the particular individual. Submit the original copy of the document along with a copy of Passport to any of the Branch Secretariats or RPOs of the MEA for Apostille.


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