Frequantly Asked Questions Om Legalization

Frequantly Asked Questions

1) What is an Apostille and when do I need one?

An Apostille is the legalization of a document for international use, where a certificate is issued by the designated authorised department as per the specification of the Foreign country where you want to visit. An apostille is done for the country that participates under the Hague Convention, nearly 118 nations that require Apostille convention.

2) What is the Hague Convention?

Hague Abduction Convention is a multilateral treaty. As verification of a document is very time taking process, hence to make easy and hassle-free several nations and countries joined hand and formed a Convention in 1961 called Hague Convention. The countries that fall under this convention do not need particular embassy attestation of the country where you are planning to visit. There are 114 countries that are under Hague. For more information about Hague convention countries read here.

3) What is Attestation and why it is done?

Attestation is the process of checking the authenticity of original documents/ certificates by attaching the signature of the verifying department. It is a general process that is required for every person who wants to visit another country, whichever country you belong to (India, USA, Sri Lanka).

4) What is the general process involved in Attesting a document from India?

The general process involved in legalizing or attesting the document is the submission of Xerox of the passport with the original documents as per the requirement of the country where you wish to travel, required documents may differ from country to country.
ii)Home Department (Home department of states)
iii)Ministry of External Affairs.
The process will vary depending on the various countries as per their rules and the norms of the country. For example, UAE attestation has two more additional step authentication at the UAE Embassy in India(country you belong) and after this, it further undergoes Authentication by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE (MOFA)

5) What if my certificate is laminated?

How these documents are verified. Attestation, the process of verification of the document is must, However, If your documents are laminated, we are required to remove the lamination of the document as the verification seal or stamp will be put on the document and certificates not valid over lamination. In some cases, there are some countries that want the attestation stamp at the backside of the documents or certificate hence, the removal of lamination is needed during legalization of documents.

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