Apostille and attestation aren’t very different aspects, yet, an apostille is required for a set of countries that are a part of the Apostille Hague Convention while attestation is done for the rest of the countries. As a proof of apostille, an apostille sticker is usually applied on the document with stamp; and after the legalization of documents, they are stamped by the central government and are applicable for embassy attestation as well.
Attestation and notarization are two similar processes of legalization of documents. Although, notarization can be considered as a part of or a type of attestation. Notarization is the attestation performed by the Notary. Attestation could be a lengthy process when it is concerned with a foreign country. Notarization is first step which is required for documents of type educational and personal.
Apostille attestation is a way of attesting the documents so that they can be made admissible in any country that belongs to the Apostille Hague Convention. Apostille is an attestation of the global level that is legally acceptable in more than 100 countries, most of the European & American countries accept this format of the attestation. The apostille sticker is stuck on the back of the document as the legalization proof.
Depending on the type of UAE visa, the obligation of certificate attestation for UAE visa shall vary. If the visa is a tourist visa, then it is not mandatory to obtain document legalization. If the visa is being acquired for a long-term stay, like, for pursuing education or employment in the country or carrying out business transactions, it is mandatory. UAE embassy attestation is required when it is a long-term stay visa along with an additional legalization called as MOFA attestation.
Generally, considering all the factors, like, the steps of verification, the urgency of the requirement, that affect the process of certificate attestation it would take about 15 to 20 days. However, involving PEC services, you can get it done in 8 to 10 business days.
Non-Resident Keralites Affairs or NORKA Attestation is the HRD attestation process that is performed by the state of Kerala to attest the educational documents. NORKA was established in order to aid the non-residential Keralites ensuring safe migration. It is approached for the educational certificates issued in the state of Kerala when one needs to obtain embassy attestation in order to pursue education from abroad. Educational certificate legalization by NORKA is compulsory for those who have attained education from the recognized universities and schools from the state of Kerala are trying to issue a visa for higher studies or a job.
Ministry Of Foreign Affairs or MOFA attestation is a part of the document attestation process that is the final step of attestation performed after the embassy attestation carried out for the Gulf countries like Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, and others. The process takes place in the foreign country for which the visa is being obtained or the business is being transacted. MOFA attestation is applied for the foreign documents and the documents issued in that particular Gulf country.
General Administration Department or GAD attestation is the state level document attestation process for educational documents. It is a sort of HRD attestation for the state of Telangana performed by the Branch Secretariats of the state. GAD attestation for Telangana issued educational certificates is done while obtaining a work or student visa for a foreign country.
Attestation is not required on your documents when you are issuing a passport, however, when you already possess a passport and if you require legalization for the purpose of residential, employment or student visa or an overseas business transaction, then you need an attestation for the copy of your passport if demanded by the concerned foreign authority. Passport documents are already home government issued and require no added authentication.