Apostille on Indian Birth Certificate

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Dear all,

I need to get an apostille added onto an Indian birth certificate for the purpose of marriage. I have been told to contact Patiala House (MHA) at Tilak Marg.

Can anybody tell me what the procedure is like? How long will this take and what will it cost? Is there a specific office to contact?

Are there any stumbling blocks I should watch out for? or is it a relatively straightforward procedure?

Many thanks for your help.
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The appropriate ministry in charge is the MEA (Ministry of External Adffairs), which is a division of the MHA you refer to.

Read this riveting, scintillating and enchanting document:

http://mea.gov.in/Images/pdf/Attesta..._Documents.pdf

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Once you are done reading that, go to the MEA website at:

http://mea.gov.in/apostille.htm
Quote:
Procedure for Attestation/Apostille

Step 1 - get the required document authenticated by the local 'Regional Authentication Centres (RACs) for States/Union Territories'.

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Step 2 – Legalisation of documents: The Ministry of External Affairs thereafter, legalises the documents on the basis of the signature of the designated signing authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce. Hence it does not take responsibility of the contents of the documents.

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Important note:
As a result to outsourcing of receipt and delivery of documents for attestation/Apostille with effect from July 2012, no document is directly accepted from individuals at the Ministry of External Affairs Counter at CPV Division, Patiala House Annexe, New Delhi. The original document/true copy is to be submitted directly to any of the four under-mentioned outsourced agencies along with a photocopy of the document and a photocopy of the Passport of the applicant. It would be pertinent to point out that the Ministry does not legalize photocopies. Applicants are advised not to rely on unauthorised persons/touts for Apostille or Attestation services.

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Fees for Apostille and Normal Attestation

MEA: A fee of Rs. 50/- is payable by means of a Postal Order drawn in favour of Pay & Accounts Officer (PAO), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, for Apostille of each document. Normal Attestation is done free of cost.

Outsourced agencies: As the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is not accepting documents directly from the applicant/individual, all documents for the purpose of Attestation/Apostille by MEA are to be submitted and collected from the four designated outsourced agencies. The fee chargeable by the outsourced agencies per document for its collection and delivery for Apostille/normal attestation by MEA will be Rs.22/- (Personal document), Rs.18/- (Educational document) and Rs.16/- (Commercial document).
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Hey vishwa

Thanks mate for this work. It looks like a bureaucratic nightmare!!!

Somewhere along the line in the documents you've linked to they have mentioned that we can get the apostille afixed in an office in guwahati. My future conjoint is from Tura, meghalaya.

Should she simply get this done in Guwahati itself?
Or do we need to do the outsourced route?
My experience with outsourcing has been one of poor service and delays so i'd like to avoid it...

Any folks with experience?

I am a french citizen with an oci card (indian origin) and she is an indian citizen.

Thanks for your input folks.
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(OT - my personal experience of Parisian bureaucracy, (acquisition and disposal of a residential apartment), was that it was as bad as, if not worse than ,Indian red-tape - Go figure! But that is off topic here)


Getting back On-Topic, read the thingy carefully. Very v e r y carefully. If you want to "avoid this route", your work will not get done, so suck it up.

It says in Step 1 that you first have to get it authenticated by your local 'RAC' referred to in the list there. Step 2 says that then you have to submit it to one of the four outsourced centres. You cannot send it it ViShVa or the moderators here for processing. Only the named and listed outsourced agencies listed on the MEA page can process the thingy, whether you like it or not.
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These guys will do it for you

http://www.talentattestation.com/

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