Attestation is required before MEA attestation, where depending on the type of document, relevant state attestation is required.MEA attestation or apostille is done only after attestation by the relevant state authorities after that Embassy attestation is done after the MEA attestation/apostille.
An Apostille is a type of attestation in which documents are legalised in a particular format that is acceptable in all nations that belong to the Hague Convention. Essentially, Apostille is an international attestation that is acceptable in about 92 countries.
Apostille stamp is a square shaped computer generated sticker stamp, pasted on reverse of the document by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. This is a unique computer generated stamp having a unique identification number, through which any member country of The Hague convention can check its authenticity online. Under normal circumstances, once the document is apostilled.