The Ministry of External Affairs of India (abbreviated as MEA), also known as the Foreign Ministry, is the government agency responsible for the conduct of foreign relations of India. The Ministry comes under Government of India and is responsible for the country's representation in the United Nations. It also advises other Ministries and State Governments when the latter have dealings with foreign governments or institutions.
The document has to be validated by the state authorities from where it was issued. It is applicable for all documents prior to the authentication by MEA. Once the state gives the authentication for the documents one can further present it to MEA for the final attestation. Thus the attestation includes proper validation from both the home departments and state where the documents were issued before one can apply for the MEA apostille stamp.
All original documents/copies requiring attestation or Apostille should be first authenticated by the designated authorities of the State/Union Territory from where the document has been issued.
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