Authentication of Documents for Mexico

Apostille or Authentication of Documents for Immigration to Mexico

Congratulations! Immigrating to Mexico is an exciting adventure. While it’s easy to be swept away in the thrill of changing your life so completely, there are some extremely important things to keep in mind when it comes to ensuring your documentation is in tip top shape. Luckily, the documentation needed for immigration to Mexico isn’t too overwhelming, which means you can focus on all the other considerations of making such a major life change.

Apostille or Authentication of Documents

We know your move is probably on a tight deadline, which is why we make it a priority to help our clients authenticate their documents in a timely manner. The Legalization Service Centre can typically authenticate most documents in two business days. With that being said, it’s important to remember that any major move that deals with another government’s laws and regulations will have its own set of nuances. We’ve helped many Canadians with their move to Mexico—if you are unsure what steps need to be taken, or just want someone to talk you through the process, our experts at the Legalization Service Centre are here to help!

The Mexican immigration authorities will ask you to Apostille your Canadian documents. This is a required step to consider foreign documents to be legal and useable in Mexico. Since Canada is not a member of the Apostille Convention, the Canadian documents must undergo the authentication of documents process in Canada.

All Canadians MUST have their documents authenticated in Canada in order to be considered legal in Mexico. It will be necessary to present the Mexican authorities with your documents that are appropriately authenticated by the Canadian authorities at the time of your move. This is one step you don’t want to have to repeat as it might negatively impact your move timeline. While our experts can typically turn documents around in two business days, it’s better to start months ahead of your actual move date.

It’s absolutely crucial to remember that before the Mexican authorities will process legal documents from Canada, those documents must be notarized and authenticated by the appropriated Canadian authorities.

What you will need

Authentication of documents requirements are changing all the time, but the set of main documents you will certainly need are your birth certificate, criminal record check certificate, visa application and passport. Because permanent residence in Mexico has different requirements based on the type of residency in which you are applying for (income producing, retired, etc.) it is best to contact the Mexican immigration authorities to get the most up to date and relevant information for your specific situation.

In Canada, we are here to assist you with the authentication process for your Canadian documents so that they can be legally accepted in Mexico. We have authenticated hundreds of Canadian documents for use in Mexico.

Document Authentication

What NOT to Do When It Comes to Document Authentication in Canada

Getting your document authentication in Canada is a crucial step in ensuring that whatever you are aiming to do that requires said documentation goes smoothly. The process itself has been streamlined over the years, but it’s still helpful to remember a few important things when you are getting ready to submit for approval.

Misleading Content

The Canadian authorities work hard to guarantee that the documents being approved are sound and legal. If there is misleading, fraudulent or illegal content your document will not be approved. While this seems obvious, it’s of paramount importance that the information you provide is honest to the best of your knowledge. If you are unsure about the content in your document, it’s best to seek additional information or help to be absolutely positive that everything you are providing is as accurate and truthful as possible.

Canada takes the legitimacy of its documents very seriously.  If your document raises any eyebrows, it may be passed on to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and any other relevant regulatory body. Than It will potentially be reviewed by lawyers, notaries public, and commissioner of oaths. It’s important to never be intentionally misleading and if you have any doubts at all about the legitimacy or truth of your work, it’s best practice to double check and ultimately submit documents that are absolutely true to the best of your knowledge.

Religious Documents

Many religious organizations issue documents that are important within those communities. However, most of these documents are not recognized as legal by the Canadian Authorities and it may be necessary to go through alternate proper channels to ensure that you are creating a legally binding agreement with the state as well as your religious organization. Some examples include baptismal certificates and religious marriage certificates.  While baptismal certificates have no government-issued equal, marriage certificates can be issued by the appropriate legal entities in addition to the church documents.

Unknown or unverifiable certificates or seals

Canada works within the system of recognized global agreement and therefore cannot verify or authenticate unknown or unverifiable certificates or seals. If you have a document that contains an unknown entity, it will not pass the document authentication process.

Altered Documents

Besides not being able to verify documents that have been altered with misleading or untrue information, documents that have been physically altered are likewise unable to be authenticated. While it might seem like a great idea to laminate or finish a document for safekeeping, authentication is impossible on documents that are glued, laminated or in any way altered from their natural state. Essentially, any document that has been altered in a way that would make it difficult to place a stamp on it is unacceptable by Canadian authorities.

Ensuring that your documents are presented in their most true and unaltered form is the best way to make sure that everything goes smoothly for your document authentication. Remember these tips as you prepare for the process and rest easy knowing that you’ve provided the necessary and correct information to keep everything running perfectly!

For more information about document authentication service please contact Legalization Service Centre.

Authentication of documents for marriage abroad

Authentication of documents for marriage abroad

Getting married abroad can be an exciting adventure, but it also requires special attention to legal practices and implications. If you are planning on being married in a foreign country, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with the nearest embassy of the country where your marriage will occur to determine the appropriate legal requirements. Canada has many government offices abroad that will provide you with the necessary information regarding the regulations of the country you are planning on saying I do in.

Typical Requirements

Most countries require a valid Canadian passport and a certificate issued by your home province or territory proving that there are no legal issues that would invalidate or bar the union.  Make sure you make it a priority to obtain this information and certification before you leave Canada to prevent unwanted obstacles for your marriage.

Other potential requirements

Being married abroad can be tricky because every government entity is different. While it’s best to check with your particular circumstances, here is a list of potential and common requirements:

1.) Birth Certificate

2.) Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad.

3.) Premarital blood test certificate

4.) Divorce papers, if applicable.

5.) Death certificate and/or a statement of parental consent

Again, while these are common examples, each country is different and it’s crucial to check with the local laws. Additionally, just like you have no doubt already made extra efforts for your life abroad, you might have to have all the appropriate documents translated into the local language of the country where you are being married as well as having the necessary documents authenticated or legalized. The Legalization Service Centre is here to help you with the authentication of documents process.

Ultimately, It’s smartest to start the process early so that any obstacles you encounter have sufficient time to be resolved and you can focus on all the other details that come along with a marriage!


Marriages that are performed in a foreign country and adhere to all applicable laws are typically considered valid in Canada and you do not need to register them again. When you marry a citizen of another country, there is a chance that you will automatically become a citizen of that country but don’t worry! This will not affect your Canadian citizenship in Canada’s view. Unfortunately, your adopted country may not recognize your Canadian citizenship and may prevent Canada from providing you with consular assistance, so it’s important to understand your local government processes.

Marriage is an exciting and often overwhelming time. While the nuts and bolts of legal documents might not be at the top of your wedding to-do list, getting married abroad means digging into your local rules and regulations and cross-referencing with the appropriate Canadian authorities. The Legalization Service Centre should be your first point of contact in arranging the documents for your international marriage.

Do contact us for the assistance with the documents authentication process in Canada. We will authenticate your Canadian documents with no time and professionally as we know the process and we know how to do it.