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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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Why Attestation of Documents by the UAE Embassy in Canada Is Important?

Are you interested in going to work in the UAE? It is a popular work destination for many Canadian professionals and has seen an influx of workers in recent years. You probably already know that you need to receive a Work Visa before you can go to the country, but do you know about the other steps?

Today, we’ll discuss what you need to complete document-wise before you can leave for your new job in the UAE and why document attestation is so crucial.

Documents You Need Notarized

If you plan to work in the UAE and wish to apply for a work visa in the country, you must first have all of your applicable Canadian documents notarized before you can move onto the next stages of the process.

When going to the UAE for work, you’ll most likely need to present your college degrees and criminal record certificates notarized and authenticated. You will need to have them notarized by a certified public notary or a lawyer.

Document Authentication

After you have your Canadian documents notarized and have your notary certificate in hand, you can then move onto the second stage of the process. Now you’ll need to have your documents authenticated. This step is crucial, and you must have your documents authenticated before you can travel to the UAE or before you submit them for attestation at the UAE Embassy.

This step typically happens at Global Affairs Canada and must be taken care of before you travel. Although there is a Canadian Embassy in the UAE, they will often not authenticate documents there.

Documents that you might need to authenticate include:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Degrees, Diplomas and Transcripts
  • Medical reports
  • Criminal record checks
  • And many more

Attestation at UAE Embassy in Canada

Now that you’ve completed all of the other steps, the last thing that you need to do is have your documents attested or legalized at the UAE Embassy in Canada. The UAE consulate will verify your records are correct, and if they don’t find any issues, they will provide their stamp and seal of approval, and you will be ready to apply for your work visa and travel.

We’re Here to Help

As you can probably tell, this entire process is tedious and can take some time if you’ve never done it before. Luckily, we are here to help! Bring us your documents, and we will work with Global Affairs Canada and the UAE Embassy to ensure your documents are ready!

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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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Document Authentication and Legalization Service is Delayed During Holiday Season

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

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

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

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!