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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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STATEMENT IN LIEU OF CERTIFICATE OF NON IMPEDIMENT TO MARRIAGE ABROAD

Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non Impediment to Marriage Abroad

Nowadays, many people choose to hold their wedding overseas in beautiful, tropical countries. They provide a wonderful ambiance for a wedding.

However, it’s important to know that for marriage abroad you need to provide the non impediment to marry certificate and a birth certificate along with other translated documents.

Needless to say, that providing these documents are not sufficient as they also have to be authenticated and legalized to take a legal effect in the country of your wedding.

Nobody wants to worry about documents on top of wedding preparations, so leave all document authentication and legalization matters to Legalization Service Centre instead! We will get your documents authenticated, legalized and also translated if needed.

We can also obtain a Statement in lieu of Certificate of non impediment to marriage abroad.

Please follow the link for more information: https://legalizationservicecentre.ca/statement-in-lieu-of-certificate-of-non-impediment-to-marriage-abroad/

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Authentication of Documents for Teaching English Overseas

Over the past few decades, more and more Canadians are taking jobs overseas to help students learn English as a second language. It’s a great paying job, and you get the chance to meet people from different countries while immersing yourself in their culture.

It’s not as simple as packing your bags and buying a plane ticket, however. And if you don’t take the necessary steps to make sure you have the right documents and the authentication of documents properly done, you could run into problems once you arrive in the country.

Don’t worry! In this post, we’ll go over the basics of the steps you should take for authentication of documents along with how we can help make this process quick, easy, and stress-free!

Is Your Teaching Certificate Valid?

Recently the Authentication of Documents Office implemented new rules for authenticating teaching documents. This is to ensure that those with teaching certificates are in fact qualified to teach overseas. Before you can go ahead with authentication of documents, you must ensure that your TESL, TESOL, or TEFL certificate is from an educational institution with membership with an accredited organization like TEL Canada, Languages Canada, and TESL Ontario.

Does Your Certificate Qualify for Authentication of documents process?

Is your teaching certificate from an accredited Canadian College or University or did you receive it from a private institution? This distinction will affect whether or not you will need notarization services. Typically, if a private educational institution issued your certification document, it will need to be notarized.

This requirement changes depending on the school that you received your certification from so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to review the authentication of documents requirements with us. Keep in mind that depending on when you’re reading this, the requirements might have changed, so head on over to our website to know where you stand or simply email us.

Moving on to Legalization of Documents

After you’ve determined if your need the authentication of documents and you’ve received their approval, you can then move onto the second stage of the process, legalization of documents. You can bring your documents to the embassy of the country that you will be traveling to, and they will perform this step. Keep in mind that “Legalization” is the term we use to describe this process in Canada, but in other countries, they might refer to this stage as “Apostille,” or “Attestation.”

You can check on the specific embassy’s website to see their current rules and guidelines for their legalization, but unfortunately, sometimes their information is out of date because the rules change so frequently. Speed is your primary concern here so you can get the paperwork taken care of and begin booking your travel plans. If you want to take the confusion out of this entire process, we highly recommend you come to us.

We’re Here to Help

At our offices, we specialize in authentication of documents and subsequent legalization for a variety of circumstances for countries across the world. Wherever you plan to travel and teach, we can help you out. Simply bring or mail in your documents to us, and we’ll gladly look them over and provide our expert opinion so you don’t make any mistakes along the way that could slow down your plans.

We specialize in processing Canadian degrees and TESL, TEFL, and TESOL certifications, and we’ll take care of the authentication and legalization steps for you! We work closely with Global Affairs Canada and the Authentication of Documents Office to ensure we are up to date with the most current rules.

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Understanding document authentication: a primer on the what and why of authentication

Moving documentation between countries can be confusing and at times, overwhelming. If you are dealing with documents between two countries it is crucial that you understand the process needed to authenticate them. Without understanding and deploying the appropriate authentication, your documents could be considered invalid. For Canadians, or people coming into Canada, documents must be authenticated and legalized by the appropriate authorities. Because Canada is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, documents must be authenticated both by the appropriate authorities in the country of origination AND the appropriate Canadian authorities or vice-versa. Read on to learn what authentication is and how to ensure you are properly handling your documents.

What is Authentication?

Authentication is the legal process of guaranteeing the genuine nature and validity of the signature and seal of an official document. Authentication does NOT guarantee the validity of the contents of any document. Authentication will be required for any document that needs to be guaranteed by a third party authority. This process will allow other jurisdictions to recognize and allow the document to be used. The authentication and legalization must be processed in order for the document to be considered valid.

Steps to take for smooth authentication and legalization

1.) Notarization: Some documents will need to be first notarized before they can be authenticated and legalized. Contact us to see if your document needs to be notarized by a notary public to proceed through the process. Some vital statistic documents like birth, marriage and death certificates do not need to be notarized.

2.) Authentication: Once notarized (if applicable) your document will move to the authentication phase. Authentication authorities compare the signature and seal of your document against information on file. Make sure all parts of the signature seal and/or stamp of the notary are displayed clearly on the document. Submission your documents to our office for authentication will guarantee a timely authentication process.

3.) Legalization: Once your document has been authenticated, it will need to be legalized through the embassy or consulate of the destination country. An official at the embassy or consulate will confirm that the document has been appropriately prepared and will confirm the certificate of authentication. If everything is properly prepared, the consulate or embassy will issue and affix a certificate of legalization to your document.

What kind of documents need to be authenticated?

Any document that requires a third party legal recognition will need to be appropriately authenticated. Some examples of common documents that require authentication include, but are not limited to: birth, adoption and marriage certificates, school admission papers and transcripts, contracts that deal with partnerships, incorporation and fiscal matter, approval certificates for customs, power of attorney and police documents. If you have any questions regarding the need to authenticate a document, your best course of action is to contact our office for the most up to date requirements.

Legalization Service Centre 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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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.