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Investing in the U.S. Real Estate Market as a Canadian || Authentication and Legalization

The US investment laws are fairly relaxed for foreign investors. This makes it easy for Canadians to bank on opportunities such collecting assets. This, along with many Canadians choosing to retire in America, are two primary reasons why Canadians invest in real estate. Whether you are a keen investor looking to bank on an opportunity or planning a dream retirement home, you will need to complete document authentication and legalization. Apostille is the equivalent process in the United States.

On September 29, 2008….

The Dow Jones dropped a stooping 777% within one trading day, causing a massive economic collapse which affected the US real estate market in a profound manner. The collapse was the result of lenders taking loans on homes they couldn’t afford. Many had to walk away from their mortgages, as they couldn’t carry on their payments anymore. This caused a significant drop in the housing market prices due to foreclosures, the effects of which can be seen even today. At one point, a single family swelling was as low as $50,000 US dollars! These conditions were dismal for home owners. However, these sudden low prices opened up a gate for foreign investors. Many Canadian investors began collecting these assets and still hunt for such deals to date.

What You Might Need for Apostille

Some documents you may need to apostille may include a mortgage agreement, Power of Attorney, property Deed, time-share contract or purchase/sales agreement. Regardless of what your apostille needs are, having a document authentication and legalization professional complete the process can save significant time and money.

Authentication and Legalization Simplified: Apostille

America requires documents to be apostilled, instead of authenticated and legalized. The difference in terminology is due to the fact that America is one of the countries that has signed the Hague Convention while Canada has not. Without going into much detail, what is important to recognize is that while the terminology may be different, the process of authentication and legalization are the same as document apostille.

If you want to authenticate your property documents, a professional such as Legalization Service Centre (LSC) will review what your end goal is. LSC will collect all of the necessary documents and forms, then fill them out. Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will validate that the sent documents meet their standards. Once satisfied, they will place a large red stamp on your documents.

The next and final step is legalization. The US embassy in Ottawa is in charge of legalizing your documents. They will be checking that the GAC stamp is valid and meets their standards, too. Should everything go well, they will also affix their stamp (certificate of legalization) to your document. After these steps, your documents will be apostilled! Or in Canadian terms, authenticated and legalized.

Why Choose A Professional?

While both of these processed can be completed on your own, involving a professional includes several advantages. For one thing, Legalization Service Centre has a network with GAC which allows for documents sent by us to receive preferential processing time. While it can take upwards of 20 days if you send the documents on your own, LSC can have your documents authenticated as early as one business day.

Our professional oversight allows for reduction in chances of error. This can save you more money and time. LSC’s connections and proximity to the US embassy in Ottawa also help with processing time at the legalization stage. The process will be timely and cost-effective! Investing in the US can very exciting, we know. Paperwork, however, can be daunting if not done right. Having the right paperwork certified in the right manner can save you hassle. Not just in the present, but it can create a secure foundation for many years to come, too. Regardless of what your document authentication and legalization needs are, give us a call to chat with one of our highly skilled professionals. We are happy to help whenever we can!

 

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Going to China? What’s next? – Document Authentication and Document Legalization for your trip abroad

Our company has processed hundreds of documents for clients like you, whose final destination is the Land of the Dragons. Whether you are a tourist or a Canadian company branching out or were hired to teach, there is no doubt that this is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved. However, document legalization, document authentication and the varying processing times can be complicated and hard to keep track of, especially for first timers. We are here today to present a succinct summary of what you need to do and how we, the experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada, can help the process of authentication of documents and legalization of documents for use in China as smooth as possible for you.

Preliminary Preparation: What to do before starting the Authentication of Documents and Legalization of Documents (Apostille) process in Canada

A fair amount of our clients decide to work abroad in China, whose large population allows for a growing demand of new jobs. If this is your case, you will need to provide an authenticated Canadian College Diploma or a Canadian University Degree, and a Canadian Criminal Record Check Certificate in order to apply for a Chinese Z Visa (Work visa). The RCMP police checks are usually more thorough than any other background checks available, and thus more fitting for international use, especially in educational institutions. Your degree, transcript and diplomas are obtainable through the appropriate educational institutions from which the documents originate from in Canada.

If you are just visiting as a tourist, a Chinese Embassy in Ottawa usually demands your passport, the application form, your photos, travel tickets and a hotel reservation for your entire stay in China. Be mindful of your deadlines, as the process of application and processing can take more than 2 weeks in total, however, as a tourist, you do not need to authenticate and legalize your documents.

Canadian businesses and corporations will need their corporate documents authenticated and legalized by Chinese Embassy in Ottawa such as certificates of corporations, director’s resolution or articles of incorporations, as a start. Always ensure that you have the needed documents ready to go through the Authentication of documents process by using the Chinese embassy’s guidelines.

Once you made sure that you have all the needed documents to apply for a Chinese Z visa, you must notarize them. A notary public or a a lawyer is responsible for notarization. If you are unsure on how to proceed with this step, contact us and we will be happy to help.

Next Step: Document Authentication at Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada Authentication of documents, also called Apostille in countries that have signed the Hauge Apostille Convention, is a process that validates your documents for international use. Document authentication and document legalization is important and required for all employees to be heading to China. Sadly, Global Affairs Canada may take up to 20 days to process your paperwork. However, we at the Legalization Service Centre Canada can authenticate your documents within 2 business days if you choose rush service, in order to speed things along for you.

Final Step: Authentication of Documents atChinese Embassy in Canada

Once your documents have been authenticated by Global Affairs, the final step you have to complete in Canada is to have the Chinese embassy in Ottawa authenticate them, as well. Each document that you may have has specific requirements to be met before they can be processed by the embassy, especially corporate documents. It can be very frustrating for our clients. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to help you with this step for that reason.

If you are in need of document authentication and document notarization, we can help you save time and ease your mind with our fast and reliable service, and around the clock experts available to answer your questions. Get an early start with our online order form!

The Chinese embassy in Ottawa has recently made certain changes to their authentication of documents process. Specifically, the processing of Canadian documents has become more difficult for our clients. However, our experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada (LSC Canada) have more than 8 years of experience with document authentication and legalization of Canadian documents, so we are always working tirelessly to ensure the easiest process for you. Our client’s 5 star reviews will assure you of our quality, reliable and fast service, and our solid interpersonal relations with each embassies and consulates in Ottawa and Canada will provide you with further confidence.

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Document Notarization, Document Apostille, Document Authentication, and Document Legalization: What do they all mean?

Has the allure of international travel captured you? We can’t blame you. Traveling the world to work, continue your education, or just to live abroad is a fantastic experience. With that in mind, you can’t just hop on a plane and leave, and there are some legal steps to go through.

The document legalization process can be confusing with so many terms you’ve probably never heard before. We’re here to help! Let’s go over the major terms and steps to help you legalize your documents with ease.

What is Document Notarization?

The document notarization process is a fraud-deterrent process to ensure all documents are 100% legitimate. It is the first step in the document legalization process and ensures that all of the information on the document is 100% accurate.

You can have your document notarized at any local notary, and you must go through this first step before moving forward in the document legalization process.

What is Document Apostille?

Many countries entered into The Hague Apostille Convention many years ago. Canada was not one of these countries, however. Because of this, to have your documents recognized by foreign nations, they’ll need to be authorized by an apostille. This includes documents like Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, educational transcripts, and more.

What is Document Authentication?

Having your documents authenticated simply means they are proven to be 100% accurate. This happens at Global Affairs Canada. Not all records will need authentication, but many do. You can contact us to see if your document meets the requirements for authentication.

What is Document Legalization?

The final term to discuss in this article in legalization. Document legalization essentially means the same thing as authentication. It’s an extra step that people with Canadian documents and people coming to Canada with foreign documents will need to go through. You can’t use your documents without having them legalized. The legalization process is equal to having your documents apostilled through The Hague Convention.

We Can Help!

The entire legalization process can confuse many first-time travelers. Have any questions about any step in the legalization process? We’re here to help! Get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and make the process simple for you!

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What You Should Know About Document Apostille in Canada

Are you planning to move to a new country to pursue a career or further your education? If you’ve already started the application process, your prospective school or employer will probably ask that you get an Apostille. Many people are confused when it comes to the world of document authentication or legalization and transfer, so an extra step in the process can seem overwhelming. It’s not as complicated as it seems once you know the core aspects of Document Apostille in Canada. In this post, we’ll cover the basics you should know along with how we can help you.

What is Document Apostille?

Before you can start going through the process, it helps to know what Document Apostille is. In essence, having your documents authorized by an “apostille” will ensure that they will be recognized in another country. Under the Hague Apostille Convention, all of the countries that signed the treaty all agreed that they would recognize public documents such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Power of Attorney, etc., from other signatory countries. This doesn’t happen automatically, so before you travel, you must ensure that you bring these documents to an official apostille in your nation.

Document Apostille in Canada

So, now that you know what Document Apostille is, how do you have your documents certified by an apostille in Canada? This might come as a surprise, but because Canada was not a signer of the Hague Apostille Convention in 1961, you can’t have your Canadian documents authorized by an apostille in the country.

So where does that leave you? Luckily, in Canada, we have alternative services that essentially accomplish the same thing.

Alternative Options

In Canada, to make sure that your documents are accepted in the country you are traveling to, you must either have them authenticated or legalized. During this stage, your documents are verified by professionals, and you receive their stamp of approval that foreign governments will recognize.

You’ll need to get these stamps and signatures before you travel, so it is crucial that you make sure you check off all of your boxes before leaving the country. Otherwise, you might run into trouble once you reach your new job or school.

To have your documents authenticated, you can go directly to Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and then to the Embassy or Consulate of your destination country to have your documents legalized.

We’re Here to Help

The two-step authentication and legalization process can seem complicated if you’ve never done it before and you might feel like you’re running around without finding answers. We’re here to help! If you have questions about your documents and what you need before leaving the country, bring your documents to us, and we’ll look them over. Even if you just have general questions, feel free to contact the Legalization Service Centre, and we’ll be happy to help and answer any of your questions.

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Hague-what? Understanding the Hague Convention and Apostille

Legal terms and processes present a unique paradox. They are arguably some of the most important things you will need to understand completely and are—at the same time—some of the most difficult to understand. The term Apostille is surely a term that you will hear if you are dealing with documentation across international borders. In an effort to dispel any confusion around the topic, we decided to take a minute to provide a full understanding of the term and its common usage.

What is Apostille?

The term “Apostille” is used to reference a type of authentication issued for documents for use in countries that participated in the Hague Convention of 1961. The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Document—commonly referred to as the Hague Convention, Apostille Convention or Apostille treaty, specifies the method in which a document can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory state. It is often compared to notarization. In the case that a document is being exchanged between two countries who signed the convention, an apostille sufficiently certifies the validity of a document and removes the requirement for double certification.

Who can affix an Apostille?

Much like a notarized document requires a certified notary to legally and properly complete the process of notarization, an apostille must be affixed by a person referred to as a competent authority who has been designated by the government of a state which is part of the convention. Designated authorities might be an embassy, ministry, court or local government. In the United States, the Secretary of State is typically used as the competent authority. The Hague keeps a complete list of who is considered a designated authority for each member country.

What kind of Documents might require an Apostille?

Any document that requires the validation or certification of authenticity may require an apostille.

  • Any document issued by or being submitted to a court
  • Any civil status documents, like a birth certificate that serves as an administrative tool
  • Notarial acts like a marriage document, subpoena, or affidavit.
  • Any official certificate signed in a private capacity.

Apostille in Canada

Canada is not a member of the Hague Convention and so, the mechanizations of apostille are not applicable to Canadian documents. If an apostille has been mistakenly placed on a document and submitted for authentication in Canada, a new (clean) version of the document must be obtained prior to submitting to a Canadian Embassy or Consulate.  For countries who have NOT participated in the Hague Convention, the document in question must be certified by the foreign ministry of the home government or state in which the document will be used and the government or state from which the document originated. This effectively means that certification must happen twice for it to have a full legal effect.

Legalization Service Center has been helping people through the process of legal and timely authentication and legalization of documents leaving and coming to Canada for years. If you have questions about a document or need help completing the process, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Document Authentication and Legalization Service is Delayed During Holiday Season

The Document Authentication and Legalization Services in Canada as well as Apostille services in USA are affected by this Holiday Season.

Many Government Services, Notaries and Authentication of documents offices are closed on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st, 2018. Most of the embassies and consulates in Canada are closed due to the Christmas week.

The mailing services are also affected and in most of the cases delayed.

If you need to authenticate and legalize your documents during this holiday and post holiday season please contact our office and we will assist you with everything.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.

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The Importance of Document Authentication for Business

In all matters, care should be taken to establish trust. This is especially true in business. Many parties will be invested in the success of an enterprise, from managers, executives and stockholders, to employees and their families. The consequences of a missed opportunity can be expensive and disheartening. Whether you are representing a business as an attorney, or you are representing your own organization, there can be no doubts about the validity or authenticity of any transaction.

Document Authentication and Legalization

Document authentication is a key step in a shared legitimacy process called Authentication and Legalization. If the document was not issued by the local government, preparation will often involve having a notary witness an official signature. Once the document is eligible, the relevant office of the issuing nation will authenticate it. In Canada, this can be accomplished at the office of Global Affairs Canada.

Once authenticated, your document will move to the next step, called document legalization. Document legalization requires that a representative from the foreign mission attest to the authenticity of the domestic signatures. Because this process is such an involved one, many nations have moved to a simplified process called an apostille. For anyone doing business in Canada, the full authentication and legalization process must still be followed for every public document.

Document Authentication and Legalization For Corporate Documents 

Much of running a business involves working with lenders and banks. These days, those partnerships are global ones. Having director’s certificates and certificates of good standing authorized is critical for international lending and for making sure your good reputation follows your business.

For employees acting in official capacity overseas, you’ll need authenticated credentials for many situations. If you have lawyers representing your global interests, you may need Powers of Attorney attestation.

Incorporation and formation documents can require authorization, as well as merger documents. If your business is expanding its operations, you’ll see real estate and leasing paperwork being tested internationally. Patent applications and trademark paperwork must work across borders.

Documents for tax and probate purposes, regulatory paperwork for agency requirement certifications, the list goes on.

Even just making copies for use internationally can require regular document authentication services. Often, duplicated documents need original signatures, and each time those documents are signed, the authenticity of that new document will need to be verified.

To avoid costly delays, every document must be correctly prepared and promptly processed. Many corporations place their trust in a reliable third party to guarantee success. Having a dedicated professional service oversee the authentication of your corporate documents can be a priceless asset. 

Do I Need My Document Legalized?

Document legalization services are a core consideration of any international affair. Inside and outside of the corporate world, the chain of trust that document Authentication and Legalization creates is used extensively. If you’re unsure that your particular situation will call for legalization services, or need assistance in any area of the process, contact the Legalization Service Centre and we’ll help you through it.