What are the types of attestations and differences between MEA attestation and Apostille?

What are the types of attestations and differences between MEA attestation and Apostille?

What are the types of attestations and differences between MEA attestation and Apostille?

Testimony or confirmation of some sort is called attestation. It involves checking each detail on a document to ensure its accuracy before authenticating it by adding the signature and stamp of a verifying official. The document must receive attestation in order to be used easily abroad. Attestations can be of three fundamental types:


  1. State attestation: Before MEA attestation, state attestation is necessary, and the relevant state attestation depends on the document type. For instance, the State Department of Education must certify educational documents. 
  2. MEA attestation or Apostille: An MEA attestation or Apostille is only complete following attestation by the relevant state authorities. Documents used overseas must be attested by the minister of external affairs. It is a vital step in the document authentication process.
  3. Embassy attestation: It is the process of confirming a legal document's legitimacy in one nation so that it would be recognized in another. It is carried out following the MEA attestation/apostille

Differences between MEA attestation and Apostille:

When documents are intended for use in nations that are parties to the Hague Apostille Convention, an apostille must be certified. Normal attestation is free, but attaching an apostille sticker costs Rs. 50 per document or per page, depending on the situation.

The majority of the western world recognizes an apostille, an international attestation recognized in 92 nations.

 The computer-produced, square-shaped apostille stamp is applied to the back of the document by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. This is a one-of-a-kind computer-generated stamp with a distinctive identifying number that allows any country signatory to The Hague Convention to verify its legitimacy online.

 In most cases, the document must only be attested by the relevant embassy once it has been apostilled.

How can an NRI get his birth certificate in India?

The birth certificate is the most significant document since it is the first certificate issued for a child after birth, providing that child with documented evidence and associated citizenship rights. Every birth must be registered at the office of the relevant registrar of births and deaths within 21 days.

When applying for official paperwork, proof of birth is essential. Obtaining a passport or visa without a birth certificate can be exceedingly challenging. A birth certificate, however, may be lost for various reasons, including fires, house moves, and other situations. To obtain the certificate, a person must complete a number of legal requirements.

Many people ignore the significance of this critical document, and they realize their ignorance when their application for a passport or visa is denied because they don't have birth records. After 20 to 35 years, how do you obtain an unregistered birth? The actions a person can take to solve this issue are as follows:


Authorities authorized to issue the certificate:

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who were born before 1969, before the registration requirement went into effect, may receive the NABC certificate from Indian consulates.


As verification of identity and address, the following documents are typically submitted:

Pan, Passport, Aadhar, Voter ID, Ration Card, etc.


How to apply for NABC:

The individual must go to a nearby municipal corporation office and submit a request to the Registrar and Health Officer. To ensure no birth records are available, it is crucial to first search at the relevant birth registrar's office.

 When it's clear that there aren't any birth records available, a request can be submitted at the relevant office together with the necessary documentation. An application form would be provided by the relevant body and would need to be completed. The registrar will grant the NABC following application verification.


You can't take the Diwali out of an Indian!

Many people throughout the world look forward to Indians for their ability to integrate into their new society while retaining strong ties to their home culture through the use of their original language and the transmission of their customs to their offspring who were not born in India.

With NRIs from all over the world taking part, Diwali has developed into a sizable international celebration.

 The Festival of Lights or Diwali is often regarded as "Indian Christmas" outside of India and is a significant holiday observed by Indian people worldwide. In addition to India, Diwali is a holiday in many countries such as Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and many other nations also observe national holidays around the same time as Diwali.

Before Diwali, they begin planning celebrations the previous week, which last through the preceding weekend and sometimes into the following weekend.

 There are several ways our NRIs celebrate Diwali when they are away from India:

-      Have a Diwali celebration that includes dancing, mingling, and perhaps even drinking!

-  Light Crackers (fireworks). This is only permitted in states where it is allowed for anyone to purchase and light off fireworks.

-        Organize a cultural event.

-      Make rangoli, light diyas, fix lights to the house to bring out a Diwali mood and even organize a rangoli contest.

-        Visit the Hindu temples.

-        Prepare a substantial traditional supper and invite guests over.

-        Hold a puja at your home, and perhaps invite other Indians who live nearby.

-        Invite everyone to a potluck dinner where they each bring a prepared dish to share.

-      Wear new traditional clothing that they brought from India months or even a year in advance of Diwali.

-       And those who couldn't resist would book flights to visit their family in India during this auspicious season.

It is touching to see that NRIs everywhere are honouring a long-standing event and tradition. As a result of many of these customs, families remain closely bonded, encouraging gatherings and joyful sharing.




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