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Complete Details About Indian Apostille Services in Chennai

India keeps on elevating its policies, since independence for the betterment of its nation and citizens. As India adopted the globalization policies it makes policies more liberal, therefore apostille in India aid this policy. India has been a member of the Hague Convention or popularly known as Apostille Convention, since 2005. In India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is the central government department that involves the various details including the name, document mane, name of the officer who issued the sticker, date of issuance, etc. of the individual. In India, the validity of the sticker is six months. This is an indirect course of action that involves attestation readily from the regional and the state government before getting MEA done.

What is Indian Apostille?

The Apostille is originally a French word that means “certificate”. In India, it is a legal formality done by the Ministry of External Affairs that proves the authenticity and credibility of the document on behalf of the person.

When you apply for Indian Apostille that means, the MEA will stick an apostille sticker or stamp on your document to make the document legalize. This is a computer-generated unique identification number that is applied to the back of the document. By this unique identification, number government maintains a record online which allows the concerned authorities to check the authenticity more easily. Moreover, after the application of the sticker from the MEA, there is no further need for any additional certification from the embassy.

What is Apostille Attestation?

Apostille attestation is a method of attesting the required documents so that they can be made acceptable in every Hague Convention member country. Attestation It is a global level attestation that is legally accepted in more than 116 countries (mostly European & American countries). In India, a sticker from the Ministry of External Affairs stick on the back of the document and a stamp is rendered on the sticker in a manner that it is partially on the document and partially on the sticker.

Steps followed for Apostille in India

  • Notary Attestation
  • Home Department Attestation
  • HRD Attestation
  • Chamber of Commerce Attestation
  • MEA Attestation
When do you require an Apostille?

The documents need to be apostille when you are planning to visit any country for any reasons such as employment purpose, educational purpose, temporary residence, or permanent residence. For every instance, you need to apostille your documents or you can say document legalization is necessary. Document legalization is mandatory for every county which is the part of Hague convention.

What is the Hague Convention?

The Hague Convention is also popularly known as Apostille Hague Convention or Apostille Convention. This is a treaty signed on 5th of October, 1961 in the town of Luxembourg, but came into effect from 14th of January, 1965. The chief motive of the convention was to abolish the requirement of the legalization of documents and certificates to make the liberalization among the countries more favorable. As soon as documents obtain an apostille, there is no need for the same on the documents again and again for another signatory country. The agreement or convention has reduced the barriers in trading so that there would be better accessibility through the nations.

Which countries require apostille of documents or are members of the Hague Convention?

The 116 countries are part of the Hague Convention. The apostille is valid only in these countries only. Below are the members of Hague Convention countries:

List of Apostille country

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Georgia
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
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