Ministry of External Affairs is the central government authority of India, who is responsible for the management of the foreign affairs, MEA is also responsible and authenticates the document issued from India. All types of documents (Personal, Educational and Commercial) are required the authentication (Stamp) from the MEA, during the process of documents legalization.
But MEA is not the first process of authentication, documents are supposed to be get legalize from the relevant department first. For example, in case of Educational Documents document must be attested from concerned state education department first and in case of personal documents, document needs to be attested from concerned home department prior to MEA attestation.
MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) attestation is the most valuable stamp on the documents which will only be done, once the requested documents have been validated and authenticated by the respective agencies in the state from where the certificate has been issued. In case of personal documents, General Administration Department/ Home Department are the respective authorities. In case of educational documents, it must first attest from the HRD of the concerned state Union/Government Territory. MEA deals in anything related to foreign countries, so its mandate for applicant who are required to authenticate their documents in/from India to prove the authenticity of the certificates/documents. External Affairs Department in Delhi has been responsible for centralized attestation but now it’s decentralized.
MEA attestation is required for a multiple reasons including work visa,student visa and resident visa; execute business from a foreign country etc.In case the documents are not validated for the authenticity one can face difficutly or rejection to stay in foreign country.MEA attestation is the method of checking the authenticity of a document & declaring its authenticity by attaching it with the sign of the verifying personnel.
MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) attestation is the end stage of authentication where the submitted documents will have MEA stamp or Apostille sticker on it to complete the attestation process .But before MEA authenticate the documents, it should be first attested by the designated authorities/departments of the State Governments//Union Territory from where the documents were issued as per the type of documents i.e. personal, education or commercial. The procedure are describe below :
This is the starting stage of the certificate authentication procedure. In the regional level legalization can be done by the notary or the University from where the documents were issued or from the Chamber of commerce for the commercial documents.
Documents are issued by the state department or state registered organization such as educational, commercial or personal certificates/degree, in order to use these documents is another country you must get through a process called attested by the State Home Department (SHD), Human Resource Department (HRD), and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM).
As explained above, MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) attestation is the end stage of authentication where the submitted documents will have MEA stamp or sticker on it, to complete the attestation process and to use these documents is another country.
Apostille and Normal attestation are both the forms of authentication of documents to be use the documents/Degree in another country.
The legalization of documents that is required when before they submitted to a foreign government that is a party to the Hague Convention. An apostille sticker is provided on the documents as proof of authentication which contains information like the name of the applicant, issuing officer, date of issuance, an apostille stamp, and others. The process of apostille in India is carried out by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) which renders to the foreign matters of India.
Attestation of documents is required for the countries that are NOT a part of the Hague Convention like China, UAE, Kuwait, and others. This process of legalization comprises of obtaining an MEA stamp on the document as well as getting the document certified from the respective embassy in India.
BLS Attestation Services (a division of BLS International Services) is a trusted partner to the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, which manages the administrative function of the Attestation process.
BLS International Services Ltd. is an authorized company with Embassy of United Arab Emirates (UAE), India to accept application for attestation from the Embassy.
This website provides you with the latest information and guidelines on the attestation/apostille attestation procedures involved in making application for attestation of documents from Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
All prospective applicants are requested to go through the guidelines for attestation/apostille, requisite documents required for attestation of documents from MEA and the service charges for attestation/apostille services prior to preparing the application for submission.
Applicants are solely responsible for the applications they submit. Any false documentation or misrepresentation of facts and information in support of their application will have a direct bearing on the decision with regard to their application by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
Thank You for Choosing BLS International Attestation services for your document’s attestation/apostille.
Please feel free to contact us -
+91 (0) 11-23765017,+91 (0) 11-23765018