My wife and I are NL residence permit holders. My wife is pregnant and going back to India for delivery due to some personal reasons.
I am now trying to understand the process of getting the MVV etc. Fortunately we have someone in the NL side who will help with the actual MVV application. However in order for them to do that we need to provide them with a legalized/apostilled copy of the birth certificate.
Has anyone done this recently and/or know the process? The time we did it (several years ago), it involved getting an actual legalization signature from the NL embassy after countersigning by state home affairs dept. and then the ministry of external affairs, Delhi.
Now I am told that we may only need to get the birth certificate "apostilled." Does any one know if this is the case and if so, what this involves?
FYI, the delivery will be held in Kerala.
Now a days it is not that time consuming. I am from Andhra Pradesh and we have undergone all the apostill recently for me, wife and daughter. It is not that difficult and took 10 days in total to get the birth certificate apostilled.
So, it is indeed an apostille stamp that is required. I ask because way back when I got my birth certificate legalized (2004), it involved an investigator from the Dutch Embassy coming down to my house and house of my relatives to verify the details etc.!
I am guessing that such a process does not exist any more and all that is needed is the apostille stamp, which I think s got by following the process of:
(1) getting countersign from Home Affairs ministry of the state
(2) getting the actual stamp from the MEA, Patiala, New Delhi