What is the Marriage Certificate Apostille?
Marriage Certificate Apostille is one of the significant procedures of legalization in which an apostille stamp from the Ministry of External Affairs is procured. It needs to be done from the certificate issued country e.g. India.
Marriage Certificate Apostille proves that you are legally married and generally useful in getting a family residence visa or sponsorship for the spouse. Specified documents need to submit to the issuing authorities i.e., MEA for further processing. MEA is the extension of the Indian government that renders the MEA stamp on the marriage certificate.
However, the MEA has regionalized the legalization process from January 01, 2019. The process was distributed to Branch Secretariats and RPOs in 15 cities being: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Panaji, Raipur, & Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
Procedure for Marriage Certificate Apostille
Regional Level - This the very first step for your marriage certificate verification process. In this step, you have to get verified your certificate by the Kerala State Registrar of Marriages where the certificate was issued.
State Government Level - At the next step, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Department legalize your Marriage Certificate. SDM is independent of the State Home Ministry (Kerala), yet the verification performed by this authority is considered on the state level.
Apostille - At this stage, the Ministry of External Affairs (New Delhi) which comes under the central government provides an apostille sticker that contains your (applicant’s) name and information.
Why choose Professional agents?
Certificate apostille has several levels of verification and validation before final legalization by the central government. This makes the legalization process more complicated and not possible for any individual to carry out. So, it is always better to go with official channels or agents who can be done this procedure for you as they are authorized by the government and also have the experience of attending the legalization procedure.