Birth Certificate and Degree Certificate Apostille: All The Details You Need To Know

Indian students going to study in France are required to get a Degree Certificate and Birth Certificate Apostille  by the Ministry of External Affairs of India. As mentioned by Campus France it is necessary to have these certificates apostille as they are required for  administrative work in France. As mentioned by VFS Attestation, Apostille is another type of attestation in which documents are legalised in a particular way that is acceptable in France. In this article we provide all the information you need about Apostille and the process of getting it done in India.

  1. What does an Apostille mean?
  2. What is the need of a Degree certificate and Birth certificate Apostille for France?
  3. Types of Documents which need Apostille for France
  4. Procedure of Apostille for France
  5. Time required to get Apostille for France
  6. Cost of getting Apostille for France

  1.  What does an Apostille mean?

 

In the 1961 Hague Convention, many countries came together to find a better way to legalize documents for international recognition. All member countries referred to the Hague Convention, accepted a document referred as Apostille which can be recognized by unique identification number.

French word Apostille, means certification. Apostille stamp is pasted on the back side of an original document by the Ministry of External Affairs to ensure it is authentic and legitimate to be accepted in other countries which are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Apostille stamp is a computer generated unique sticker with unique identification number which can be traced online by other country members of Hague convention.

2. What is the need of the Degree Certificate and Birth Certificate Apostille for France?  

Since January 24, 1965 France has been a member of the Hague Apostille Convention. Any official document to be used in France has to have the apostille from the secretary of the state.

Birth Certificate Apostille is required for administrative work ( In France) to all students going to study in France.

3. Documents which need Apostille

Students going to study in France require Apostille on two categories of documents which are as follows -

a) Educational Documents -

b) Non-Educational Documents -

4. Procedure of Birth Certificate/Degree certificate Apostille for France

The procedure of Apostille is quite lengthy and it goes through multiple steps of legalising the document to assure the documents are authenticate. Each step is explained in detail for better understanding of how it works as follows -

Regional Authentication Centers - https://mea.gov.in/Images/attach/DetailsofRACsAppamndixC.pdf

Details of apostille Agencies referred by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on their website - https://mea.gov.in/Images/attach/attestation_Office_New.pdf

Jurisdiction areas of Ministry of External Affairs - https://mea.gov.in/Images/attach/AppendiH_Jurisdiction_Areas_of_RPO.pdf

5. Time required to get Apostille

Normally, the time required to get Apostille depends on the type of document. Personal documents take slightly more time than educational documents.

First two steps, Notary attestation and Regional Authentication will take up 3 to 4 days.

Sending the documents to the agency to get the apostille from MEA will take up 12 to 18 days for a normal procedure. Agencies also offer fast process services which will take 7 to 10 days.

 

6. Cost of getting Apostille

As mentioned above, Apostille is a lengthy process involving multiple attestation steps. Due to which it is difficult to calculate the exact amount to get Apostille done.

Charges of the first two steps, Notary Attestation and Regional Authentication differs from region to region but the difference is not high.

Charges to get Apostille through agency is clearly mentioned by the Ministry of External Affairs on their website which is as follows -

Government Fee

Rs. 50/- Payable for Apostille Document.

Service Fee to Agency

Rs. 90/- Per document ( All types of Documents )

Scanning Fee

Rs. 3/- Per page