Job Seekers in Mumbai can now avail the facility of attestation of educational and other relevant documents at the Regional Passport Office (RPO). This has happened after the recent decision taken by the Ministry of External Affairs. It was taken in order to have a decentralized mechanism.
Earlier, applicants seeking jobs abroad, needing to get their relevant documents attested, had to travel to Ministry of External Affair’s office in New Delhi for the purpose.
Regional Passport Officer, Mumbai, Swati Kulkarni said the process will come into force on October 13.
“The MEA has decided to decentralize the work of attestation/apostille of documents of Indian citizens. Those residing in Maharashtra, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu can now apply for it at three outsourced attestation application centers and our office will legalize their documents from October 13 onwards,” Swati told PTI.
“Applicants would need requisite approval from the General Administration Department. Thereafter, they would have to file their applications at the three outsourced attestation application centers. From there, applications would be forwarded to us and we will legalize their documents,” said Kulkarni.
“This move would benefit lakhs of overseas job seekers from the entire Maharashtra and the two neighboring Union Territories,” she added.
Apostille is an endorsement of documentation done in 105-member countries of the Hague convention which obviates the need for legalization of foreign public documents.
MoE recently decentralized the process and entrusted various RPOs in several states to carry out of the process. RPOs at Guwahati, Chennai, Hyderabad are the ones that have already been entrusted to carry out attestation and apostille.
Besides Mumbai, the facility will also start at Chandigarh, Goa, Bangalore and Trivandrum RPOs.