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Canadian Criminal Record Check for International Use

A Criminal Record Check (CRCs) is a common document that one country requires from another. There are a variety of different reasons you may be asked for one, but when you are, you want to know what do to. Here are some key points on CRCs for international use and the CRC attestation process.

What is a Criminal Record Check?

A Criminal Record Check is one form of police record check. It shows records of police convictions or felonies, if you have ever been charged with one. If you have never been convicted of a crime or felony, a simple one page document shows that there are no records on file.

If there are any records to show, the document will contain the following information:

  • The nature of your conviction,
  • Whether or not you were found guilty,
  • What type of pardon you were granted (if any), and,
  • Whether there is an arrest warrant in your name.

There are different kinds of CRCs or background checks. Typically for use inside of Canada, a basic CRC can be requested online on the Canadian Police Services website. This type only requires your name and date of birth, along with answering a few credit-related security questions. When you apply on the Canadian Police Services website, it can take between 7 to 10 business days to receive the record.

However, if you are outside of the country or require a check for international use, you may need a criminal record check with fingerprints — or certified record checks. These act as an added layer of protection. The CRC ensures that you and/or the person you authorize in your application are the only ones who can see your records.

When might you need a CRC and CRC attestation?

You might be asked for a CRC if you are involved or with with vulnerable sectors. Some common examples of vulnerable sectors include young children, older seniors, and some disabled people. For example, if you applied to work in an elementary school in another country, the government of that country may require that you provide a CRC to verify that you have a clean background. They are trying to assess whether you will pose any risks to the people who will be exposed to you through the course of your involvement.

Foreign employment, education, or international travel visas all may require a certified CRC with fingerprints.

What about attestation of the CRC?

After you obtain your RCMP certified criminal record check, the next step for making it good for international use is legalizing the document. You would submit the CRC to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa to obtain a document authentication. GAC will review your CRC and ensure that is has all of the appropriate signatures.

After authentication, you need to legalize your document. The embassy of the country where you will be using your CRC will do this for you. The embassy will review your document to ensure that it meets all of their country’s standards, and that the GAC stamp is valid. Once they are satisfied, they too will affix a stamp or certificate to your document.

Authentication and legalization make your CRC document valid for use in the country where you intend to use it. While the processes are relatively simple, they can be time consuming if you haven’t gone through them before. For example, our documents are processed at the GAC in as little as 1 business day, whereas the normal processing time can take up to 20 days. Time is not the only thing you save when you entrust us with your CRC authentication and legalization needs. Accidental errors and omissions can lead to having to resubmit your documents, which can be quite costly. Since we regularly process CRCs for authentication and legalization, there is little room for errors and omissions.

How can we help?

Legalization Service Centre has an A+ standing with the Better Business Bureau and a 5-star rating on Google. Our professionals are experts at what they do, and have served thousands of customers reach their authentication and legalization needs with ease and efficiency. We’ve processed many criminal records for international use and have experienced all sorts of scenarios. Contact us to speak to one of our agents to find out exactly what you need to do next. We’re always happy to hear from you!

 

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Teaching in the UAE: Degrees and Qualification Certificates Attestation

Teaching in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become an increasingly popular affair, and a highly competitive one at that! This is for good reason. Working as a teacher in the UAE comes with many perks. Asides from a great salary, did you know that teachers can expect to receive provisions such as paid accommodation, healthcare, round flight tickets to their home country during summer break, and a bonus month’s salary for each completed contract year? This means that you can potentially build up a good amount of savings in a short period of time. Adding in the experience of working a job in a beautiful country and this easily becomes a dream career opportunity! What are some things you should know for your document legalization and authentication needs for your new teaching job? Below are some pointers to keep in mind.

Gather all of your essential documents for the UAE

Once you’ve received an offer of employment, your new employers will start asking you for your qualifications. You might need to show everything: Your college/university transcripts, degrees, TEFL certification, and/or teaching license. It’s a good idea to gather all of these documents together and create certified and notarized copies of true originals.

Getting prepared early is the key to stress-free success here. It can take time to order and receive transcripts and replacement certificates if you need any. Factor in time for creating true copies of originals, certifying and notarizing.

Call an authentication professional

In order for all of your documents to be valid for use in the UAE,  they will need to go through the process of document authentication and legalization. If you aren’t familiar with the process, it’s a great idea to consult with a professional. Likewise if you simply haven’t authenticated documents for this purpose before. We’ll provide you with all of the information you need, and guide you to the best of our abilities on how to proceed. At Legalization Service Centre, we process hundreds of documents for teachers regularly, so you can rest assure your document processing needs will be efficiently met by us. There is a high chance that we’ve worked with your school by helping our other Canadian teacher clients.

Have your degree certificates and qualification documents attested for UAE

Your documents will need to go through the screening processes of document authentication and legalization, also known as attestation. Authentication happens at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa, where your documents are reviewed to ensure that all of the signatures on them are true and belong to GAC’s repository of authorized individuals. Once they are satisfied, GAC will place a large red stamp demonstrating that the documents have been authenticated.

Next, your documents will need to be legalized by the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ottawa. The embassy will ensure that the GAC stamp is valid, and that the documents meet all of the requirements and standards in place by the UAE for foreign teachers. Once they are satisfied, they too will place a stamp or certificate indicating that the documents have been legalized.

Following completion of your document processing, Legalization Service Centre will courier them to the address you specify, such as to the school where you will be teaching. This means that we take the stress right off of your hands right from when you call us to the very end when the end party receives your documents!

Now all you have to do is plan for an adventurous opportunity filled with endless potential!

Legalization Service Centre has an A+ standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and a 5 star client rating on Google. We take great pride in serving our customers well, and look forward to building new client relations as we go. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have, even if you don’t need your documents processed by us. We’re happy to help whenever we can!

 

 

 

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The Hague Convention: Authentication, Legalization and Apostille

The Hague Apostille Convention a.k.a. the Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty drafted by the Hague Conference. It’s an attempt to standardize the way documents are certified. Drafted in 1961, the Hague Convention now sees 115 countries as is signatories. These countries recognize a standard document apostille process, which validates them after the process. Thereafter, they can legally recognize documents as equivalent to their own. Canada, however, is not part of the Hague Convention. Instead, documents need to undergo authentication and legalization.

Canada and the Hague Convention

So why isn’t Canada a signatory? It’s not quite clear, but more importantly, it means that it can’t produce document apostilles. Canada even takes things a step further! You can NOT authenticate a copy of a document that has already undergone apostille. To authenticate that document, you must submit another notarized true copy.

It may be confusing for anyone going through this process to understand the difference. If a country asks you for a document apostille and your documents originated in Canada, what do you do? The answer is quite simple. While the terminology is different, document apostille and authentication and legalization mean the same thing. So to “do apostille” really means to authenticate and legalize your documents.

Apostille in Canada: Step 1

In Canada, authentication of documents can only be conducted by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), located in Ottawa. GAC will accept notarized copies of your documents and they will conduct a review of them. They will check the signatures and stamps to ensure they are true and valid. With that done, GAC will place a red stamp on your document to prove it has been authenticated.

Apostille in Canada: Step 2

After authentication, your documents must undergo legalization. Note which country you’re going to use them in! The corresponding embassy or consulate of the country will be legalizing them for you. The embassy will conduct a second review of your documents to ensure that the GAC stamp is true and valid. They will affix either a stamp or a certificate to indicate that the documents have been verified and legalized.

Confused? Exhausted? We can help

The process of document authentication and legalization may seem daunting to anyone who has not gone through it before, however, if done correctly, it can be rather simple administration. Where complications arise is if the documents to be authenticated and legalized have not been prepared properly or the associated forms not filled out correctly. Errors or omissions can cost you a great deal of added time to completion and additional fees. For these reasons, it is always a good idea to have an authentication and legalization professional review your documents and submit them for you. An added benefit of going through a professional service provider such as Legalization Service Centre (LAC) is that our networks at GAC allow for your documents to be prepared in as quickly as one business day whereas the normal wait time is up to 22 business days.

Over years of commitment to authentication and legalization, LAC has garnered a five star rating on Google reviews from many clients and an A+ standing with the BBB. We take customer service very seriously, but more importantly, we know the process of document authentication and legalization inside out for any of your document needs. If you have any questions regarding the processing of your documents, give us a call at 1-800-857-1215 to speak to one of our professionals, or send us a WhatsApp message at +1-613-501-0555 any time.

 

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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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Document Authentication and Legalization for Acquiring a Russian Citizenship for your Canadian-Born Children

Regardless of where your children are born, they can enjoy dual citizenship of your country via naturalization. Sometimes, authentication and legalization of documents is required to confirm this status.  Naturalization is the process where a non-citizen can acquire citizenship of a country. While there are several avenues through which a person may acquire citizenship with this method, having a parent be a national of a country prior to a child’s birth is one of the simplest. The child may acquire citizenship of that country too. Other requirements are also in place to ensure that they can obtain this formal status. Such is the scenario for Russian Canadians who have Canadian-born children. These children are Canadian nationals by birth, but also enjoy Russian citizenship via their parent’s Russian status.

Russian Citizenship: A Quick Requirement List

The Russian government acknowledges that Canadian-born children born to Russian parent(s) are automatically Russian citizens as well. This is true even if only one of the child’s parents holds Russian citizenship while the other is a foreigner. However, in order for the child to obtain this citizenship formally via documentation, they must complete an application process. This is important because if they were to visit Russia, they would require a Russian passport and any visa application would be denied due to their automatic Russian national status. In order to obtain the passport, the individual, or parents of children under the age of 18, must submit the following documents to the Russian embassy in Ottawa:

  • An application to verify the child’s Russian citizenship
  • Translated, notarized, and authenticated copy of the child’s Canadian birth certificate
  • If one of the parents is a non-Russian, then a notarized statement of consent from the non-Russian parent (for children under the age of 18)
  • Processing and shipping fees
  • Passport photos for the child

Some other documents that may also be required:

  • Passport photos for the applying parent
  • Notarized, authenticated and legalized copies of the parent’s residency document (Canadian permanent residency card, Canadian passport, long-term visa, etc.).

What Needs To Be Done?

Before submitting your documents to the Russian government, authenticate and legalize them. With that done, you will clear your citizenship verification and get your Russian passport. Complete details of the process can be found on the website of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa here.

You must submit these documents (especially the birth certificate) alongside your application. You must translate, authenticate, and legalize them in order to meet the requirements of the Russian government. First, translate the certificate, then you have to  notarize with a notary public. Following this, the documents must be sent to Globalization Service Centre (GAC), which is a Canadian government body responsible for all document authentication in Canada. Here, your documents and the signatures on them will be verified for accuracy and trueness. Once they meet the standards set forth by GAC, GAC will place their large red stamp on them signifying that they have been authenticated. Then, the Russian Embassy in Ottawa will legalize them. They  will verify that the GAC stamp is authentic and that the application meets all the document requirements, legalizing it.

How We Can Help With Russian Citizenship

While the process of authentication and legalization can be conducted by anyone, it is best to entrust a professional such as Legalization Service Centre. This is because processing time and length can be significantly reduced when the documents are processed by professionals who are well networked within GAC and embassies in Ottawa. Legalization Service Centre’s office is conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa, proximate to GAC and nearby foreign embassies. Whereas it may take an individual up to a month to complete authentication with GAC, we can have your documents processed via expedited next-day service or within weeks for regular processing time.

Having your child obtain their Russian citizenship status and passport can be an exciting step. Let us help you with the process to make the process as convenient and time-efficient as possible! Give us a call to talk to one of our professionals anytime at 1-800-857-1215.

 

 

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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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Coping with Document Authentication and Legalization in Life After the Pandemic

As 2020 progresses into summer in Canada, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to restrict and limit life as we once knew it. While Ontario was hopeful that the number of cases were on the decline, a recent increase in the numbers shows us that we are still a distance away from finishing our battle with the virus. What is the future of document authentication and legalization?

What does this mean for business?

As of June 1st, 2020, Ontario has extended the state of emergency for the province by another few weeks. Business will continue with the limitations that were imposed until June 19th, 2020. Continuing social distancing protocols, most businesses will have their doors closed and may only operate remotely, if at all. This remains true of government offices as well, where functionality for most work is still ongoing. However, operations will continue remotely or with strict social distancing protocols in place. You can find up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, travel, and document authentication on Global Affair Canada’s website. For a full list of state-of-emergency orders and updates, visit here.

As you have likely experienced in the last few months, operations in the government and private sectors have been slow. This is due to a shortage of staff or coping with sudden remote functionality for employees in industries that used to operate mostly from offices. This is also true for activities surrounding authentication and legalization services. Services often require communication between government offices in different countries, which complicates the process. Your document authentication process with Global Affairs Canada may be delayed. There may also be problems in the document legalization step with the appropriate embassy in Ottawa. They may be coping with their own set of delays and restrictions with the countries that they represent!

Moving forward?

It is difficult to point to a date upon which life will resume as before. More likely, operations of businesses and government offices will change to create a post-virus norm. This may mean social distancing measures may never really go away. More and more offices and businesses may choose to continue remote functionality to some capacity. There may still be delays even if things go back to a new normal; it may be a while before things pick up pace. Even more likely is that there may be lags due to a backlog that happens during the state-of-emergency.

What to do?

During this time, it may be of best interest to you to have your document authentication and legalization needs completed by professionals such as Legalization Service Centre. Our hours of operation have not changed significantly and we can be reached conveniently via WhatsApp at +1-613-501-0555  or by telephone at 1-800-857-1215. Not only can we help you process your documents remotely, maintaining social distancing protocols, but our pre-existing networks within most embassies in Ottawa, as well as with Global Affairs Canada, allow us to have your documents processed as quickly as possible. We strive to exceed our clients’ requirements and over the years, our experience has not only allowed us to provide stellar customer satisfaction, but also earn an A+ status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Only time will tell what the future has in store. For now, we hope you stay safe while maintaining social distancing protocols as per your province’s guidelines. Give us a call or send us a message for any of your document authentication and legalization service needs!

 

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The Importance of Document Authentication and Legalization Services Amidst Travel Restrictions Due to Global Pandemic

Canada’s Response to COVID-19

The novel corona virus pandemic, COVID-19, is taking the world up by a storm, causing many countries around the world to take drastic measures to limit contagion. These measures include warnings and advisories of social distancing, quarantining of the infected, closures of schools, colleges, businesses and government offices in many countries, as well as complete lockdown in others. As more people test positive for the virus here at home, Canada is taking the measures necessary to limit the impact of the infection in our country. Ontario is in a state of emergency until March 31st, students on March Break are away from school until April 4th, gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited in many parts of the country, our borders have been restricted, and in general social distancing is broadly being advised. Businesses, employees, and the self-employed are all feeling the economic impact as the focus shifts from everyday functions to the ongoing health emergency.

Document Authentication and Legalization in Canada During COVID -19 Outbreak

Amidst all the closures and limited government and commerce functionality around the world, what does this mean for your document authentication and legalization needs? For one thing, it may be more necessary than ever to have your documents authenticated and legalized from right here at home. As movement around the world and international travel become limited due to border closures or travel restrictions, you may need additional documents for yourself and your under-aged children if you do need to travel for any reason. It is important to note parents traveling with under-aged children without the other parent or guardian present need documentation to show the other parent/guardian’s consent when leaving Canada. This is a normal measure even without the worries of COVID-19 and this letter from your child’s other parent/guardian require notarization by a notary public in Canada. However, you may need additional documents such as your marriage certificate/divorce certificate/children’s birth certificate authenticated and legalized at this time. Before any travel, you should check with current border regulations here in Canada, but also the restrictions, limitations and additional travel requires in your destination country. You should be aware that entry may not be granted in many countries and if it were, there may be additional documentation required from you for your trip.

If you are requesting for any documents to be authenticated and legalized at this time, you should account for delays in processing time as the pace of work and operational hours at government offices become limited. While Global Affairs Canada, the official body that authenticates your documents, has not declared any formal limitations to their hours of operation, it is likely that their office may be slower to respond and process paperwork amidst the current crisis. It is also worth the mention that the different embassies in Ottawa may be following different protocols and measures at this time in response to instructions from both Canada as well as the countries which they respectively represent. For this reason, you should check not only for their availability, but for also what types of work they are completing at the time and if there are any changes to their typical protocols for document legalization.

How Legalization Service Centre Can Help?

For all of your document authentication and legalization needs, contact us at Legalization Service Centre for a consultation on requirements, processes and changes currently being experienced in government offices. Our experts are keeping on top of the ongoing efforts of our country as well as the global impact of the virus as it relates to the functionality of embassies in Ottawa. Having your documents processed through us will ensure that you avoid any additional delays in processing time due to current changes that you may not be aware of. Moreover, our experts are able to conduct work with Global Affairs Canada and embassies with more efficiency than you may experience on an individual level at this time. Moreover, due to the efforts of social distancing and work-from-home initiatives, it may be difficult to contact these offices.

Before proceeding with any document authentication and legalization, check with us to ensure that the work is possible for the time you require the document as well as for the embassy in question. As the conditions around the world are rapidly changing regarding the impact of COVID-19, things can quickly change rendering any previous information outdated or inaccurate.

 For more information regarding Global Affairs Canada’s functions and latest news on travel and COVID-19, you may check the government website here.