Attestation is the process for scrutinizing the authenticity of a document by corroborating every detail given on it and then manifesting it authentic with the sign and stamp of verifying personnel on it. Legalization of a document to the required level is obligatory so that it could be accepted easily in any foreign country. In India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is government authority for attestation of public documents.
Types of attestation
- State attestation: First, all the documents need to be attested by the authorities of the issuing state. Human resource development (HRD), Home Department and chamber of commerce are the state authorities responsible for attesting educational, personal and commercial documents respectively.
- MEA Attestation: MEA is the highest body for document attestation in India. It attests the document after sate authentication.
- Embassy attestation: This is the final step of attestation done after MEA attestation. After embassy attestation your document will becomes valid in that particular country.
Why attestation is required?
For applying for any category of visa including employment visa, residence visa, business visa, and others. For example, if you are planning to visit UAE for job, then for getting the work visa you will have to attest your educational and personal documents from UAE embassy in India. Without attestation your visa will not be processed and your documents will also not be considered legal. So for avoiding all these hassles, attestation is required. Same, if you want to take admission in any university in abroad or want to apply for a new job overseas or for changing the current job you will require attestation. There are chances that without proper attestation your request will be rejected for the same. So for proving the authenticity of your documents overseas you will have to attest your documents.