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Apostille services in Tennessee for US issued Documents / Tennessee Issued documents

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Apostille service in Tennessee is for the Documents which are issued in Tennessee state which require apostille from Tennessee state Government.

Apostille from state is mandatory for all the documents that are being used in foreign country.
Vital documents such as birth, marriage, death etc belongs to the state hence apostille will be done by the state.

What is Tennessee Apostille Attestation?

Tennessee Apostille is a process of verification of US documents ensuring they’re genuine, authentic, and accurate. Once a document receives an Apostille, it becomes highly credible and valid in 117 countries forming the Hague nations. These nations collectively decided that if a US document has a U.S. Apostille on a document then this document will be accepted as legal document in all 117 countries.

If your destination lies outside of the Hague Countries, getting an Apostille isn’t enough. There’s an extra step called legalization or embassy attestation for documents to be Done. in non-Hague countries It’s needed to have an added layer of approval for global use. For those curious about this additional process, you can delve deeper into it towards the end of this piece.

4 Easy steps to get US Apostille on the documents

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect certificates that need US Apostille
  3. Deposit the photocopies / original certificates
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille directly at your doorstep

Why do you need an Apostille on a US document ?

Anyone travelling outside US needs to get Apostille on relevant documents 

The Documents you need to get US apostille depends on the VISA you are travelling under 

For Student Visa, You need apostille for 

  • Degree Certificates issued 
  • Transcript 
  • Medical Certificate 

For Work Visa, You need apostille for 

For dependent VISA, You need Apostille for 

Note – Document that you need apostille varies depending on the country you are travelling check with embassy before going ahead with apostille

What is the process of getting Apostille service in Tennessee for US issued Documents ?

The process of apostille Service in Tennessee Depends on the document and Target country where these documents are being used ( ex Germany, India, Qatar )

When it comes to types of documents there 2 kinds of documents 

  • Documents that belong to the Tennessee State Department
    1. Documents such as Birth certificate, Marriage certificate, Death Certificate issued in Tennessee falls under Tennessee State Government.
    2. For Tennessee State Government issued documents Apostille will be done by the state of Apostille Service in New Mexico.
    3. Other state documents can also be apostilled in Tennessee through a notary authentication process.Please contact experts to guide you throughout the process.
  • Documents that belongs to the Federal Department 
    1. Document such as FBI Background verification certificate falls under Federal Government
    2. For federal issued documents apostille will be done by the federal Government.

Apostille process also depends on Target country, where the document is being used. There are 2 types of countries when it comes to apostille attestation process 

  1. Hague countries
    1. There are 117 Hague countries Check here for list of Hague Countries.
    2. Hague countries Accept Apostille verification to consider any document as legal in their country.
  2. Non Hague Countries
    1. Countries that are outside hague network are non hague countries 
    2. For non Hague Countries after the apostille there needs to be embassy attestation by their respective embassies before they are considered as legal documents in their country.

Apostille for Hague Countries in Tennessee

Apostille is verification process for Hague nations, It’s a simpler process compared to legalization or embassy attestation. Now lets understand details of US Apostille 

Tennessee State will apostille any state issued documents in 2 ways 

  1. Apostille on Original or certified document 
  2. Photocopy Apostille based on Notary Attestation

Apostille service in Tennessee on Original or certified document

Documents such as Birth, Marriage, Death belong to state department hence the apostille will be done by the California State

You have to submit original or certified copy issued by the state for the apostille process. Just photocopies won’t be accepted for apostille.

The State Government will check all the details on the document with the Vitals once they are verified the document will be moved to the state secretariat office for Apostille, Secretariat department will check the details once again, finally apostille will be issued for the original document. Apostille is a separate Certificate that will be attached to the original Document

Photocopy Apostille based on Notary Attestation

If you don’t want to submit the original document or you have a state issued document from a different state other than Tennessee then Apostille can be done based on Notary Attestation.

The competent notary authority in Tennessee will perform notarization. A Notary Public will conduct copy certification through document custodian certification. Subsequently, based on the notary verification, the photocopy will ultimately undergo apostillation by the State Government.

Note – Most of the Hague nations accept Apostille done on photocopy but some authorities will insist on getting apostille on original document only, so check with the authorities to whom you are submitting apostilled document,  whether they accept the apostille done on photocopies or not.

Federal or USDOS Apostille

For documents like FBI Background Verification and other federally issued documents, apostillation must be carried out by the federal government. The USDOS requires the original documents for issuing an apostille certificate. Photocopies are not accepted for Federal Apostille.

How Much Time will it take to get Apostille service in Tennessee for US documents?

The Tennessee state department will apostille Tennessee issued documents fairly quickly. Tennessee offers expedite service meaning if you make more payments they will process the document the same day of the submission. If you have time we wouldn’t recommend Expedite service.
Normally under slow process Apostille Service in Tennessee will take 3-4 working days at best. Maximum it should be done under 10 Working days 

US Document Legalization process for Non - Hague Countries in Tennessee

For countries outside the Hague Convention, Getting embassy attestation alongside document apostille is Mandatory.

Below are the steps for obtaining embassy attestation for a US Marriage certificate:

Step 1 Notary Attestation:

This step is only for photocopy documents, Apostille for Originals Documents can skip this step.

Step 2 – State Apostille:

Obtain apostille from the state where the document originated.

Step 3 – USDOS Authentication:

Authentication by the US Department of State (USDOS), also known as federal attestation.

Step 4 – Embassy Attestation:

After completing the above steps, submit the document to the embassy of the target country for the final embassy attestation.

Note – In case of the Photocopy attestation Notary public attestation is mandatory for the photocopy some countries accept photocopy for embassy attestation check with the expert for the information.

For Federal documents you don’t need a State Apostille so you can skip step 2 for federal issued documents.

Suggestion – Some countries’ embassies accept direct submission after state apostille( Step 2)  for state issued documents such as US Marriage certificates.in this case you can skip the Step 3 USDOS Federal authentication this will save valuable time and cost.

This complete process of 4 steps is called as full legalization process. This will take 8-12 weeks and the cost verified depending on the document, state attestation, federal attestation and embassy time. Please check with Apostille experts for suggestions.

Apostille is a little complicated process and requires thorough knowledge about the complete process in order to suggest the best route to get apostille quickly.Speak to us or start the application form we will guide you throughout the apostille process.

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What is US Apostille?

An Apostille is a process of validating and certifying any  important documents issued within the United States, confirming their authenticity and accuracy. This validation certificate gives significant credibility to the document, making it recognized in 117 countries, collectively known as Hague nations. These countries have mutually agreed that a U.S. Apostille sufficient for document verification.

If you are trying to use US documents in nations outside the Hague network, additional procedures, termed legalization, are mandatory post-Apostille. This process ensures recognition of documents in non-Hague countries as well.

4 Easy steps to get US Apostille on the documents

  1. Register on Apostille Portal 
  2. Collect certificates that need US Apostille
  3. Deposit the photocopies / original certificates
  4. Receive Documents with Apostille directly at your doorstep

Why do you need an Apostille on a US degree certificate / Educational documents in India?

Regardless of whether you’re visiting a Hague nation or a non-Hague nation, securing an Apostille is essential for international travel. This ensures that the document being presented is genuine and issued by the appropriate authority, providing assurance to the receiving country.

An Apostille on a US Degree / Educational certificate is primarily necessary for visa applications in Hague countries. Below are the circumstances requiring an Apostille:

  • Traveling under a Student visa
  • Applying for Work visa ( qualification validation )
  • GKS (South Korea ) Scholarship Application
  • To convert Dependent visa into work visa
  • Any institution such as University  asking for degree / Diploma / and other Educational documents 

Before going into Apostille, it’s important to grasp the concepts of Legalization and Apostille.

Legalization – encompasses the document verification process for both Hague and non-Hague nations. Specifically, for Hague nations, this process is termed Apostille, while for non-Hague countries, it’s referred to as Embassy Attestation. Generally, when mentioning legalization, it typically pertains to Embassy Attestation for non-Hague nations. 

Here is the list of Hague nations that Accept Apostille done documents. No Embassy attestation is required. Learn more about embassy Attestation at the end of the article

Process of Getting Apostille for US degree / Diploma / Transcript / Other educational documents in India

Below are the steps that needs to be done to get the Apostille 

  1. Document Verification by Notary Public 
  2. Notarization for photocopy of Educational documents 
  3. Submission of Notarized copy to Secretary of State ( SOS ) 
  4. Obtaining apostille by the SOS 

Apostille will not be done to the original document of the degree / diploma or any US educational documents. When you submit the documents to us we will do the notarization for the documents.

After the notary is done by the notary public the documents are submitted to Secretary of state along with  the other supporting documents 

There will be a round of background verification of the educational documents you submit, after clearing the background verification then only the documents are moved for apostille process.

The Secretary of State will throughout check the documents, and provide the apostille for the submitted educational documents.

Apostille is a separate certificate attached to the copy of educational documents.

This process is valid if you are submitting documents in any hague Nation, Hower for if you are traveling to any Non- Hague country You need additional steps 

After getting apostille from the state SOS (secretary of state) office below are the steps that needs to be followed 

  1. Submitting the documents to US department of state or federal government ( USDOS ) for apostille 
  2. Submitting the documents to respective embassy to get Embassy attestation 

This is a very long process that might take 2 months to complete.

These all 6 steps combined are called the full legalization process.

Since it takes too much of time there is a workaround to skip the USDOS apostille ( since USDOS takes 1 month of time to attest ) we can skip this step and directly submit the documents to the embassy. 

Only certain embassies accept documents without USDOS
Check with us for the complete details.

How Much Time will it take to get an Apostille on a US Degree / Diploma / Educational Certificate in India?

The time required to obtain an apostille for a US Degree certificate depends on the state government issuing it and whether it’s needed for the original or a photocopy. Some states provide expedited services, which can range from same-day to 3-4 day apostille services. To determine if your document is eligible for expedited processing, consult with apostille experts for assistance.

How much does it cost for Apostille in India?

Like time, the cost also depends on the state in which the document is issued. And whether you need expedited service or not. Check here for the cost details for each state.

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