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Exporting Commercial Goods to Iraq | Authentication & Legalization

Commerce between Canada and Iraq is governed by processes that regulate what can and can’t be exported. As well as the equality of exports and strategies for shipment. To control all of these factors, goods leaving Canada must be accompanied by a Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice. These documents contain many vital pieces of information. They are critical to keep buyer and seller commitments in check. They also allow the governments of the two countries to have oversight of the products leaving and entering. Vital information contained are details of the seller, place of production, price, and attestation that the products meet certain criteria of production and distribution. They need to undergo authentication and legalization.

Canada and Iraq in Trade

Trade relations between Canada and Iraq are quite strong. We see this by the staggering $200 million reported in trades between the two countries in 2018. Since then, the numbers have only increased as opportunities for trade have expanded. The Canadian market makes a significant contribution in terms of exports to Iraq. For example, in past years Iraq has been one of Canada’s biggest buyers of wheat, coming in second after the United States. Strong trade relations between the two countries is not surprising! Our economies and natural resources combined complement each other significantly. Moreover, Canada takes an active initiative via funds and programs to stabilize the Iraqi government, support humanitarian efforts, and promote developmental strategies.

What is Authentication?

In order for the Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice to be valid to Iraq, they must undergo authentication and legalization by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Iraqi embassy. Before authenticating documents, they must be notarized by a Canadian notary public. GAC will verify that the signatures are true and that they meet their standards for export documents. Afterwards, they will place a red stamp to finish the authentication process. Once authentication is complete, the documents are ready for legalization.

What is Legalization?

 

The embassy of the country you plan to use your document(s) in will review them a second time. They will confirm that the document(s) meets the standards of their country. Additionally, they also confirm GAC authentication. In this case, once authentication by GAC has been completed, the Certificate of Origin and Commercial Invoice will be submitted to the Iraqi embassy in Ottawa. The Iraqi embassy will then conduct their review, then place their stamp or attach a certificate signifying that legalization has been completed.

Overwhelmed? We Can Help!

Authentication and legalization can be quite complicated. Exporting goods is already difficult, involving careful documentation, reporting, and liaisons between two countries. At Legalization Service Centre, our professionals have years of experience authenticating and legalizing trade documents which has earned us an A+ ranking at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a stellar 5 star client review on Google.

Our customer service is definitely a driving factor for these ratings. We also have strong networks within GAC and local Ottawa embassies. This means that your documents can be prepared in record time and hassle-free. We can review your documents for accuracy, submit to GAC and the appropriate embassy. Eventually, we can courier the completed documents to your desired address. Our location within Ottawa and proximity to the GAC and embassies allows us to follow through with your documents until completion and take any action necessary promptly.

Contact Us Anytime

Trades to Iraq or any other country is a great way to enhance our own economy and strengthen those of the countries that benefit from our products. Let us help you along your way as you do the best you can on the front of commerce. Contact us to speak with one of our professionals with any questions you may have at 1-800-857-1215 or reach us via Whatsapp at +1-613-501-0555.

 

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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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Export Related Documents: Authentication and Legalization

Authentication and Legalization in Exports and Imports

The business of trading goods or exports and imports is a promising form of commerce that requires authentication and legalization. Both parties require a certain level of trust when starting such a business. They may not have previous experience in exchanging goods with one another, after all. Checks and balances allow you to make an informed decision and choice in partners to commit the trade with. However, a certain level of risk related to the quality of the product you receive will remain.

When you engage in trading goods made in Canada, authentication and legalization of documents can help the importing country minimize risks related to the quality of the product. It will also provide financial reliability, as well as allow importing countries to assess authenticity of the product. They may request the Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Origin.

What is a Commercial Invoice?

A Commercial Invoice is a legal document that is included when goods are shipped to another country. The purpose of all invoices is to provide a record of the transaction. The importing country uses a commercial invoice to allow products in. This includes the billed amount and payment options for the buyer. In addition, it includes information about both the buyer, seller. and sold goods. Due to the risks of damage related to the order and  exporter accountability for the goods, this invoice can allow funds to remain in escrow accounts.

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin is another document that can provide assurance of quality and verification of details regarding the product. It contains details about the exporter and importer, along with information regarding the producer. It also contains the tariff classification number, weight of products, and most importantly, a statement certifying that the information on the certificate is true and accurate. A detailed description of the information contained within the Certificate of Origin can be found on the Canadian government website here.

The Authentication Process

In addition to providing these documents, some countries require that they undergo the process of authentication and legalization. In order to authenticate the documents, they must first meet the requirements of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Once met, they will affix a stamp to signify this. Moving forward, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will screen the document for authenticity and following a satisfactory review, your document will be stamped. The final step of legalization takes place at the embassy of your importing country, who will validate your document.

While this process may sound simple, it can take approximately two months to complete, with a minimum period of twenty days at GAC for authentication. Errors and omissions along the way can extend this time by another three months. However, Legalization Service Centre can complete the same process in a much shorter amount of time, knowing the process and having a strong network within GAC and embassies in Ottawa. With our office situated in Ottawa, we can fast-track authentication to provide next day service! We will also make sure that your documents stay at the relevant embassy for days or weeks instead of months.

Our experience and stellar customer service has earned us an A+ status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We understand that your business requires you to act quickly and that simplicity in conducting your due diligence can translate to your success. For these reasons, we are readily available to answer any questions you may have and can have your documents authenticated and legalized quickly, efficiently, and accurately. Give us a call at 1-800-857-1215 or send us a message on WhatsApp: +1-613-501-0555.

 

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Czech Superlegalization

All You Need to Know About Document Superlegalization for Working in the Czech Replublic

All You Need to Know About Document Superlegalization for Working in the Czech Replublic as a Canadian Citizen

Beautiful structures, magnificent castles, colourful buildings and cobblestone roads: The Czech Republic is known for being a picturesque medieval-styled country. A fine combination of its history, architectural designs and natural beauty is what puts this unique country on the map for tourism, business, and a keen interest by the working population to find employment and possibly make a life here. This bustling yet tranquil country, with Prague as its capital and the core for most commerce and tourist attractions, exuberates a sense of balance between 15th century romance, fairy-tale scenery and practical life. Whether you are visiting the country for work, education, or any other reason, a temporary residence here as a Canadian citizen may feel like a break from reality into a parallel universe filled with European history and magic.

If you are visiting the country for the purpose of work or study, you will find that you are required to meet documentation standards and requirements that may be slightly different from what you are used to within Canada. Document authentication and legalization are a standard practice any time you need to present official documents issued in one country for use in another. These processes basically allow your document to undergo validation that ensures that your documents are true, valid, and of the official/legal standard that matches the standard of the receiving country.

Here in Canada, official documents such as transcripts, identification documents, degrees, and professional licenses, etc. are authenticated by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), which is a government body responsible for ensuring that the signatures and stamps on your document are true and valid. Once GAC is satisfied, they place a red stamp on your document identifying that it has been authenticated by them. Once authentication is complete, the documents are then presented to the embassy of the country where you intend to use it. These embassies are typically located in Ottawa and once they receive your document and are satisfied of the trueness of the GAC stamp, they too will either affix their stamp or certificate identifying your document as having been legalized by them. Once your document has been authenticated and legalized, it is now ready to be used in the foreign country.

While the process of authentication and legalization are similar for Czech Republic as they are in Canada, there is a difference in the terminology used by the countries. Whereas in Canada we refer to the process of embassy verification as “legalization”, in the Czech Republic and within their Ottawa Embassy in Canada, the same process is recognized as “superlegalization”. This is because inside of Czech Republic, they allow documents to be “legalized” by any local superior government authority such as a ministry or finance authority, similar to how documents are “authenticated” by GAC in Canada. Only when a document is required to be verified by a Czech Embassy is the document said to be “superlegalized”. Hence, the Czech Republic Embassy in Ottawa recognizes the GAC authentication of your document as “legalization” and their own authentication process as “superlegalization”.

The process of getting your documents in order for the purpose of your travel, regardless of whether it is for an educational endeavor or work within the Czech Republic, can be daunting. Adding the hassles of document authentication and legalization/superlegalization can make it even more so, especially if you are familiar with the standard process in Canada and then have to deal with a slightly different one this time. Having professionals such as Legalization Service Centre can lessen your burden and help you complete the process hassle-free. When you trust us to authenticate and legalize/superlegalize your documents, you can rest assured that your documents will be ready in a timely manner and will often save you money and time that may be spent if you do not fully understand what is required by the embassy. Our office is located in Ottawa and close to all major embassies, making it easy for us to follow your documents to completion and keep the most up-to-date information on embassy requirements.

Visit us today at legalizationservicecentre.ca and contact us to have your questions answer or simply get more information. Let us take care of the official end while you pack your bags for a brand new adventure in a whole new world away from home!

Birth Certificate Apostille

Canadian Birth Certificate Authentication: The Steps You Should Know

If you’ve accepted a job in a different country or plan to move there for school or simply just to experience a different culture, you need to go through a few legal hoops. Although in a perfect world you could purchase your plane ticket, pack your bags, grab your documents and travel there, authenticating your documents is a crucial step. It can be confusing for some people, but today we’re going to help clear up some of your questions. Specifically, this article will focus on Canadian birth certificate authentication. From authentication to apostille and legalization, by the end of this guide, you should know exactly what you need to do.

About Birth Certificate Apostille

You might have heard the term “apostille” before and might think that’s the process you’ll go through with your Canadian birth certificate. On the contrary, Canada follows a different process. Here’s why:

The Hague Apostille Convention was originated in the Netherlands. It was signed by several countries; however, Canada was not a signee. For this reason, any document, including birth certificates, that you plan to use in a different country need to go through a similar but different process known as birth certificate authentication and birth certificate legalization service in Ottawa.

Birth Certificate Authentication

The first step in this process is to have your documents authenticated by Global Affairs Canada at their location in Ottawa. There, they will review your birth certificate to ensure that it is legitimate and will meet the requirements of the country you’re traveling to.

While this process is pretty straightforward, it can take some time; from a few days to weeks, it’s hard to determine the duration your specific case will take. The good news is that service providers like us will help expedite the process to save you time and the trouble of travelling to Ottawa in-person.

Birth Certificate Legalization

After your documents are authenticated, the next step is to go to your destination country’s embassy where they will legalize your birth certificate. This essentially is their stamp of approval meaning that it meets their requirements and can be used in their country. To ensure that your document meets these requirements, make sure that the document is original and in long-form.

We Can Help

Canadian birth certificate authentication can be a long, stressful process if you’ve never done it before. That’s where we can help! Bring us your birth certificate and tell us about your case. We’ll work with Global Affairs Canada and will make the entire process quick and easy. Get in touch with us today to get started.

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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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Received a Job Offer to Work Abroad? What’s next?

So, you’ve received the job offer you’d been dreaming of, and you’re ready to continue your career abroad. Congratulations! You’ve come far, and you’re probably more than ready to pack up your belongings, buy your plane ticket, and get to work. There is a minor speed bump, however: you need to get your documents in order.

Unfortunately, going to work abroad isn’t as simple as packing your bags and reporting for work. There are some legal hoops you need to jump through, most notably the document authentication and legalization process. This can be tricky for some people, but today we’ll take some of the confusion out of the equation.

Get Your Documents in Order

First thing’s first, you’ll need to make sure that you have all of the correct documentation in order before you travel to the foreign country. Depending on your situation, you might need different documents. For most employment cases, we’ve found that people typically require the following documents:

  • Canadian Criminal Record Certificate
  • Canadian Degrees
  • Qualification Certificates

These documents are usually required by an employer to ensure that they’re making the right choice. Especially since they’re hiring someone from a different country, they need to make sure that the documents are 100% legitimate.

Authentication and Legalization

Once you have your documents in order, you’ll need to first take them to Global Affairs Canada to have them authenticated. They’ll go over them and provide a stamp that shows that they are 100% real.

Next, you’ll need to go to the embassy of the country that you’ll be traveling to. There, they will legalize your documents in a similar fashion. While signees of The Hague Convention will have a more straightforward process known as Apostille, Canada follows this two-step process but essentially achieves the same result.

Is your family coming along?

If it’s just you going to the foreign country, then the documents listed above should be all you need. However, if you plan to bring kids or a spouse along, you’ll need to have a few more documents authenticated and legalized. Most specifically, you’ll need to have your kids’ birth certificates and your marriage license authenticated and legalized. If you have them handy, then adding them to the pile to be authenticated shouldn’t be much of a hassle for you.

We Can Help

Going through the authentication and legalization process can take time and can be stressful for many people. While getting ready to travel abroad, the last thing you need is more stress. Trust us to work directly with Global Affairs Canada on your behalf to expedite the process.

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Authenticating Canadian Documents for Travel Abroad

There are so many world destinations available to modern travelers, and just as many reasons to travel. In fact, there may be so many options that remembering to have all your documents prepared and legalized could get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, more opportunities to research your travel plans are available to you now than at any other time in history.

Whether you’re traveling for school or business, or just taking time off to have fun and relax, international travel can carry with it some frustrating complications. You will want to take extra care early on to avoid running into unnecessary problems.

What Kinds of Travel Documents Require Authentication?

If you’ve traveled abroad before, you know how important your passport is. In addition to your passport, some travel situations may require work or residency visas. Visas are issued for specific purposes, and the requirements for them can be varied and difficult to meet without assistance.

When you are traveling for school, you may need your degree transcripts, admission letters or other documents legalized before they are accepted by foreign institutions. If travelling for commercial reasons, you may require certified import-export documents authentication or a verification of incorporation. The range of circumstance is diverse and only a professional will be able to tell for sure what any given situation may call for.

Less common considerations include Travel Consent Letters for minors who will be journeying without an accompanying parent or guardian. While this document is not a legal necessity in Canada, foreign officials may require it.

If you’re travelling with a companion animal, you may require an official document of the animal’s health. This can take the form of an International Health Certificate or something more specific, depending on the requirements of your destination’s government.

How Do I Have My Travel Documents Authenticated?

Most often, your documents will require authentication by a Canadian government official at the Global Affairs Canada headquarters in Ottawa. After authentication by local government representatives, the next step is to have your document legalized by the government of your international destination. This involves a diplomatic mission such as a consulate or embassy official verifying the authenticated document.

Other documents may require additional steps. For some documents, a notary may be enlisted to make a Certified True Copy and to apply their seal. In every case, correct preparation of all relevant material is imperative to avoid rejection or delays.

Travel plans are usually time sensitive, so you’ll want to make sure you have your documents ready to be legalized sooner rather than later. The Legalization Service Centre can authenticate most documents within two business days.

Be aware of holiday or other restrictions around the areas you plan to travel. The Canadian government recommends you check their travel advisory page, twice. Once well in advance of your visit, while you are planning your trip, and again shortly before you leave.

We have helped Canadians verify their documents for every purpose, including travel all over the world. If you’re unsure what may be required, or just overwhelmed by the rest of your travel planning, you can count on the Legalization Service Centre to provide expert help.