I am applying for UK dependant visa under Tier 2 Dependant. Regarding the supporting documents, is marriage certificate endorsement by Ministry of External Affairs required? I am applying from India. Kindly answer
The guidance notes for applicants and dependents requires evidence of a marriage that is legally recognised and documented and continue to be currently married. For the document to be accepted in a country other than that in which it was issued, it generally requires an apostille or attestation. In India,
The Ministry of External Affairs attests original documents//true copies of documents for use abroad. Attestation done by the Ministry of External Affairs is of two types:
India, since 2005, is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 that abolished the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Apostille is acceptable in 105 member-countries of the Convention (For more info please visit the website: www.hcch.net). Apostille is done for personal documents like birth/death/marriage certificates, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, etc. and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates etc. Any document Apostilled in one member country is acceptable in all the other 104 member-countries, signatory to the referred convention of 1961 thus greatly simplifying the process of attestation by making it needless to get the documents attested in each or for each of the countries separately.
2. Normal Attestation:
This is done for all the countries which are not a member of Hague Convention and where Apostille is not accepted.