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WHAT IS AN APOSTILLE CERTIFICATE? An apostille certificate is a form of attestation. Apostille only works in countries that are signatories to the Hague convention of 1961. India being a member of the Hague convention is required to do an apostille of all the significant documents. Only the member countries of the Hague convention are allowed to undergo the process of apostille documents. It is done for private significant documents of people. It is a type of square shape printed stamp that is pasted at the back of such documents. The member countries do not have to do any further attestation to any documents that have been apostilled. Once a document is apostilled, it acts as a legal document for all purposes for the signatories of the Hague convention of 1961. Hague convention abolished the practice of legalisation of all the public documents belonging to foreign countries. These documents ranging from your birth certificate to your educational qualification are apostilled so that they can be used overseas in countries that are signatories to the Hague convention. Normal attestation of documents is done for those countries.
The applicant who wants to get their documents apostilled should visit this e-service provider. This website was introduced by the Ministry of External Affairs to attest and verify the documents.
The applicant is required to submit the documents required onto the website for authentication.
The documents that have been uploaded get verified by the Department of Internal Affairs
After the documents have been signed by DIA, the documents get further verified and signed by the Ministry of External Affairs.
After further verification, the document is finally dispatched to the address of the applicant.
The offline process of apostille takes about 3-4 weeks. The online mode of apostille of documents takes less time which is about 1-2 weeks.
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