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Destination Panama: Authentication and Legalization of your documents for Panama

This beautiful central American country is a well known destination for many Canadians. Its warm, tropical climate is a stark difference from the cool North winds of Canada. The recent economic boom also adds to Panama’s appeal. Whether you are looking to retire or looking for business opportunities, you will most likely need to take part in authentication and legalization of your documents.

The Authentication of your Documents in preparation for use in Panama

Panama has signed the Hague agreement while Canada has not. This means that the authentication of documents in both countries is very different. Canada follows the two-step authentication and legalization process, also called apostille. Rest assured that your documents will be viable in any country after the two-step process! This will be true regardless of whether or not your target country is part of the Hague agreement.

Every document has specific requirements in order to start the authentication process, double checking with the Embassy of Panama located in Ottawa is therefore very important. Generally, as the first step, your document should contain an authorized signature confirming its authenticity. Notaries and lawyers have the legal authority to do it. If you’re unsure of this step, we can help! Your documents will then be taken to Global Affairs Canada, where they will be stamped, sealed and signed, therefore authenticating it. The final step is legalization, done in the Embassy of Panama in Ottawa. The consul will sign and seal your documents once all the requirements have been met.

Retirement in Panama: Authentication and Legalization of Documents

Many Canadians dream of retiring in Panama. Depending on your personal history, you may need to prepare some or all of the following: a birth certificate, marriage certificate, a criminal record check, and proof of pension. All of the outlined documents will need to go through authentication and legalization. The process is outlined above. The experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada recommend our clients get an RCMP police check instead of a locally issued police check.

An RCMP check is always more thorough, as it is based on fingerprints. The RCMP is also globally recognized, including Global Affairs Canada. This means that you don’t need to hire a notary to notarize your local police check. This saves you time and money, which is very welcome! Global Affairs Canada may take up to 20 business days to process your documents, on average. If you wish to speed the process along, we will be more than happy to oblige with our three different offered service times. 

If you are interested in learning more about the requirements and conditions needed for your specific documents, feel free to browse our “Document Types” category on our website and to visit the official Embassy of Panama website or contact us! 

Business in Panama: Authentication and Legalization of Documents

Panama is a great attraction to those looking for work. Whether you are a future employer or a future employee, your documents will have to go through authentication and legalization. Which documents you will need to authenticate, however, will depend on whether you’re a company or an employee. 

As an Employee

If you were hired to work, you will need to provide a diploma, a Canadian university degree, and, preferably, an RCMP certified police check. RCMP police checks are usually more thorough than any other background checks available. Thus, they are more fitting for international use. Your degree, transcript and/or diplomas are obtainable directly through your alma maters. 

As a Company

If you are a Canadian company, you will need to present corporate documents. A certificate of incorporation, articles of incorporation, a CPP certificate, a GMP certificate, an ITC, a manufacturer’s certificate, and/or a corporate power of attorney are just some of them. Your potential partner/s in Panama will request the specific documents needed. The documents will have to be notarized and Global Affairs Canada staff will authenticate them. Finally, the Embassy of Panama will legalize them. In other words, they will go through the same authentication process as any other non-corporate documents.

Our Guarantee

It can be difficult to keep track of all the demands of the Panamanian Embassy as a client. Especially if this is your first time having to authenticate and legalize your documents! Our experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada (LSC Canada) have more than 10 years of experience with document authentication and legalization of Canadian documents. 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 further confidence.

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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 Apostille, Document Authentication, Document Legalization process made easy with Legalization Service Centre Canada

Document Apostille, Document Authentication, Document Legalization process made easy with Legalization Service Centre Canada

You’re excited about relocating to a new country for a new job or maybe you’ve been accepted to the school of your dreams in another country.  Or maybe you’re trying to do business in a foreign country, and you get asked for an Apostille…

What’s that?

Don’t worry, it’s nothing to stress about and at Legalization Service Centre Canada we help people just like you get this question figured out every day.

The first thing to know is that an Apostille is a way to authenticate something like a Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Degree, Power of Attorney, Incorporation Certificate, etc.  Back in 1961, multiple nations convened and agreed to terms outlined in the Apostille Hague Convention, in which they established a shortened process for the validation and legalizing of documents for use in other countries.

But…  Canada has not signed the agreement yet, and therefore does not issue Apostille certificates. There’s no such thing as an Apostille Canada.

So, what does that mean if someone is asking for a document apostille?  The answer is: Canada has an equivalent document authentication and document legalization process that will be accepted in any country.

In Canada, we call the “Apostille Certification process” by another name – Authentication and Legalization.  It’s the exact equivalent of the Apostille process and is recognized by all countries who have signed the Hague Apostille Convention.

Going through this process is doable on your own, but with our help it’s much easier.  Here are just a few reasons why:

WE KNOW THE PROCESS – We’ve done this thousands of times for our clients.  We know what’s needed, when it’s needed and where it needs to be.  That alone can save you precious time and energy!  Whether it’s confirming the embassy requirements or knowing where to find the best notary, we can help.

STEP BY STEP GUIDANCE – We’ll be there through the entire process to answer all of your questions and make sure you’re following the proper procedures for expedited authentication and legalization.  From making sure you have the right documents, to securing the fastest shipping, and then confirming receipt at the destination, we’ll handle all of the details.

The bottom line is that when it comes to such an important and time sensitive process, it’s nice to know you have an expert in your corner.  At Legalization Service Centre Canada it’s our mission to ensure your documents are properly authenticated and legalized in a timely manner.  Our team will help expedite the verification process, and make sure your documents reach the destination country in which it will be used.

So, if you are looking for Authentication and Legalization Services in Canada, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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Ramadan: Document Authentication, Document Legalization, and Document Attestation during this holy fasting month.

Ramadan: Document Authentication, Document Legalization, and Document Attestation during this holy fasting month.

People practicing Islam all over the world are welcoming the holy holiday  – Ramadan or Ramzan – from May 5th, until June 4th. This is an important and major holiday for all Muslims, as it is deeply rooted in their faith, by being one of the Five Pillars of Islam. People will be fasting during this time: eating and drinking is not allowed from dawn to sunset. Iftar (the breaking of the fast) occurs after sundown, and this routine is upheld until the Eid al-Fitr, which is a celebration of the end of Ramadan and marks the closure of the holy fasting month.

Now, how does this holiday affect the document attestation and document legalization services in Canada?

As this is a very important religious holiday, many private and public institutions will have limited hours of operation during the month. The UAE Embassy in Ottawa, the Qatar Embassy in Ottawa, the Kuwait Embassy in Ottawa, the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Ottawa, and the respective consulates, are just some of the services that will be affected. It may be harder to contact the embassies at this time, and delays are to be expected.

Clients can rest assured, however, that although there might be a delay in the processing of your documents, we at the Legalization Service Centre are experienced with Authentication of documents, Legalization of documents, and Attestation of documents process in Canada. We will get your marriage certificates, birth certificates processed without any delays. The certified translations, and all of your Global Affairs Canada authentication of documents needs will be done in no time. We will ensure that they are ready to be used overseas in the Middle East. For further information on authentication and legalization services in Ottawa, please contact us and we will help you start your paperwork as soon as possible.

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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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Authentication of Documents in Canada: Why It Matters for International Affairs

So, let’s say that you want to travel to a foreign country for work, school, or simply to experience life in a different part of the world – what do you need to do? While some people might think that all you need to do is pack your passport and your bags, the process can be a little bit more complicated.

Depending on your situation, you’ll need to authenticate and legalize your documents, so the foreign government recognizes them as legitimate. Let’s take a look at a few different situations and documents that require authentication and legalization along with the steps you need to take next.

 Why not Apostille?

 Many countries require that you have your documents apostilled; however, Canada is excluded from this. Why is this? The primary reason is that Canada was not a signee of The Hague Convention. For this reason, you cannot obtain an apostille for your Canadian document. Instead of the quick apostille process, you’ll instead need to have them authenticated and then legalized.

 This two-part process can be confusing for some people, which is why many choose to work with us, and we’ll take care of all of the hassle. Here are some of the documents that will require authentication:

Documents That Require Authentication

 There are a variety of different documents that require authentication and legalization. As a good rule to remember, if you need the document in the foreign country you’ll be traveling to, you should check to make sure you’ve had it authenticated.

 A few of the most common documents that people have authenticated include:

  • Adoption papers
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Background checks
  • School admission papers
  • Divorce certificates
  • Diploma
  • Enrollment letters
  • And more

The Authentication of Documents Process

The first step in the process is authentication.  This process is completed at Global Affairs Canada where a professional will look over each of your documents to ensure that they are 100% legitimate. You’ll need to make sure that you are only presenting the original documents and not any copies. After that, you’ll have them legalized.

How do you have them legalized?

After authentication, you’ll need to have your documents legalized. This process usually happens at the embassy of the country you’ll be traveling to in Canada. It’s crucial that you do this before you leave for the country as not every nation will authenticate and legalize them once you arrive.

We’re Here to Help

If this is your first time going through the process, you might need some help. We can help save you time and stress and will handle the entire process for you. Get in touch with us to learn more about our services.

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Immigration to Costa Rica: What You Should Know About Apostille of Canadian Documents

Costa Rica is one of the top vacation destinations for travelers in North America, notably Canada. Just like when traveling to any foreign country, you must know beforehand which documents need to be legalized or go through the apostille process before you leave for your trips.

Let’s take a look at a few of the steps you must complete before you travel to make sure that you have all of your bases covered and avoid any unexpected surprises when you arrive in Costa Rica.

Which Documents?

Before you leave for your trip, you need to make sure that you have all of your documents in order. Just as when you’re traveling to any other foreign country, you’re going to need to authenticate and legalize any of the following applicable documents:

– Birth certificate

– Marriage certificate

– Police criminal check certificate

– Medical report

– Passport copies

Keep in mind that which documents you’ll need to authenticate and legalize depends on your personal situation.

Apostille of Canadian Documents

Although in other parts of the world, you need to have your documents apostilled because Canada wasn’t a signee of The Hague Apostille Convention. This means that you must go through two different processes known as authentication and legalization. First, you must have your documents authenticated at Global Affairs Canada. After they’ve authenticated your documents, you’ll then take them to the Costa Rican embassy where they can legalize your documents.

The consul at the embassy will then verify the authentication stamp, seal, or signature from Global Affairs Canada and will legalize your documents after that. This process can take tons of time and can be very confusing for people that are traveling out of the country for the first time.

Unfortunately, there is no way around it. There is good news, however! We’ve helped Canadians authenticate and legalize their Canadian documents for use in Costa Rica for years! We work directly with Global Affairs Canada and the Costa Rican embassy to make the process quick and simple for you. Simple bring your documents to us, and we’ll take care of the rest!

We’re Here to Help

If you need assistance through the legalization process or have any questions, contact the Legalization Service Centre, and we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have and can make the entire authentication and legalization process easy and fast!

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Document Attestation for UAE Good Conduct Certificate

If you are coming from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or are headed there for work, you’ll need a Certificate of Good Conduct or Police Clearance from the UAE. This certificate is needed when passing a security clearance check for a new job, or when applying for permanent residency or a Canadian Citizenship.

It can feel confusing at first, but we’re here to help! As with all documents we legalize in Canada, if you have your credentials with you, we will take all of the guesswork out of the process. Here’s what you should know.

What is a Certificate of Good Conduct?

A Certificate of Good Conduct is issued to an expat by their country of origin. They need this when coming to the UAE on a work visa. If you’ve lived in a different country other than your country of origin, you’ll also need to produce a certificate from that country as well. If you’ve lived in the UAE for any amount of time over the last ten years, you’ll need one when coming to Canada as well. Although getting any international document attested or legalized can be tricky at times, we make the entire process easy for you.

What Documents Do You Need?

First thing’s first, you need to have your documents in order. To get a good conduct certificate, you’ll need the following:

  • Fingerprint form with all ten fingerprints
  • Two color passport photos
  • Passport from your country of origin
  • Application for Good Conduct Certificate

Attestation of documents

After you have all of these documents, you’ll need to have them either legalized or authenticated. The steps are relatively similar for each of the required documents, but the Fingerprint form can be a little different. These are the steps and requirements for the authentication and legalization (attestation) of your Fingerprint form:

First, you’ll need to get the fingerprint form from a local Canadian police detachment. After you fill it out and stamp your fingerprints, the form must be notarized. You must complete this step before you can proceed with authentication and legalization service. If you want to make the process easier, you can get a Certified Criminal Record Check (criminal record Certificate authentication) from the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa. This form doesn’t need to be notarized.

Next, you’ll need to have your fingerprint form authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. After you have it authenticated you can then have it legalized.

To have the form legalized, you’ll submit them to the Police Department at the Ministry of Interior at the specific Emirate in the UAE. Make sure to check the latest requirements by visiting the official Embassy of the United Arab Emirates website.

We’re Here to Help

Want to make the entire process easier? Bring your documents to us, and we’ll help you with every step of the way. Once you have your Good Conduct Certificate, you can get security clearance for certain jobs and even become a citizen. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, and we’ll be happy to help.

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