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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!

UAE Embassy Attestation Service

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.

Source of the image: TimeOut AbuDhabi

Dutch Embassy in Canada

The Dutch Embassy in Canada Legalization Service

One of our most commonly requested services is legalizing Canadian documents for use in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is becoming a hot destination for work or travel, and many Canadians are flocking overseas to see the beautiful country for themselves. Before you go, there are a few things you need to do to make sure that your documents are legal and ready for use. Here’s an outline of the process and how we can help.

Authenticating Through Global Affairs Canada

The Netherlands is the originator of The Hague Apostille Convention; however, Canada was not one of the initial signees. This means that any document intended to be used in the Netherlands must follow the legalization processes in its country of origin. In Canada, this is known as the authentication and legalization process which contains a few distinct steps.

To start, your documents will need to be authenticated at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and then by the Dutch Embassy in Canada. When going directly through Global Affairs Canada, the process can take a few weeks or longer during busier times of the year. If you go through a legalization service provider such as us, we can significantly reduce your wait time to only a few days.

Working with the Dutch Embassy in Canada

After the initial stage, you will then need to have your documents legalized by the Dutch Embassy in Canada. There are Netherlands Consulate Generals in a few major cities throughout Canada; however, the Dutch embassy in Canada (Ottawa) can process any document which will save you time and money, depending on your location.

Once we meet with the consular section, they will legalize your documents, and the papers will be ready for presentation in the Netherlands as an equivalent to an Apostille certificate. Physically moving your documents to the Netherlands can be tricky, especially for large, delicate documents. We recommend you use a secure shipping service to ensure they get there in one piece. If you need help with this we will be happy to assist.

Document Requirements

As in any case, no matter the country that will be legalizing your documents, they must be original and in long form, and they must have been issued relatively recently. Additionally, if your documents contain references to other documents, you must also include those in the legalization process as well. In some special cases, your documents might be in a different language other than English, German, French or Dutch.

If this is the case, you’ll need to have them translated by a sworn translator. This creates another step in the process as you must have the translation legalized if the translator is based outside of the Netherlands. If you are unsure, we’ll be happy to help you out with that step also.

What a Verification Stamp Means

When you have your document legalized by the Dutch Embassy in Canada you will receive a stamp or sticker on the document. This simply means that the correct signature is on your document but doesn’t prove that the content or certifications of the document are correct. Once you present your documents to an authority in the Netherlands such as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, they may decide to verify the legitimacy of the document.

We’re Here to Help

If you need an assistance with the legalization process or just have general questions, contact the Legalization Service Centre, and we’ll be happy to help and answer any of your questions. W have been working with the Dutch Embassy in Canada for many years and know every aspect of their requirements.

Legalization of Documents

How Will Holidays Affect Document Legalization?

Document legalization is critical for certifying the international legitimacy of documents such as marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, powers of attorney, visas, and more. We provide consular services and speedy authentication procedures to streamline the legalization of your documents. If you’re seeking authentication and legalization for your documents during the holidays, there are some things you will want to know first.

Limited hours of operation

As many government services are traditionally closed for observance of certain holidays, or open for fewer hours during the holiday season, there may be delays in obtaining signatures for your documents from the necessary civil and judicial officials. It is important to take into account national holidays and be aware of how restricted hours of service may affect the attestation of your documents.

The first step of attestation is the preparation and submission of your documents to the relevant local authorities for authentication. We work closely with the office of Government Services/Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, and in most cases our document authentication service takes less than two business days. However, it is prudent to be aware of the possibility of holiday delays.

When can you expect delays?

Canadian government offices are closed to the public over the following statutory holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Labour Day, Canada Day, Civic Day, Thanksgiving Day,  Christmas and Boxing Day. Operating hours and services may also be limited around these holidays.

Because document legalization involves the international processing of documents, it may require the action of both the Canadian government and a foreign embassy or consulate. The foreign embassies/consulates involved in finalizing the legalization of your documents may have restricted holiday operations also. It is good idea to consult the calendar of the diplomatic mission overseeing legalization.

How can I avoid delays?

By using our services, you can save yourself from the frustration of dealing with complex legalization procedures. We will ensure your documents are correctly prepared and expedite processing under any circumstance. If you are submitting documents that are time sensitive, it is especially important that you contact our office right away in order to meet your deadlines. We have years of experience handling these situations.

Depending on the method you’ve chosen for shipping and receiving your documents, Holiday hours may affect the speed of your legalization. For example: Canada Post does not deliver over national, territorial or provincial holidays. In some cases, if the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday office closures will extend into the week.

We recommend express courier services from FedEx, Purolator, or UPS to ensure your documents reach our office swiftly.

When you submit your time-sensitive documents to us for legalization during the holidays, take care to verify the ship-by dates and processing times published on your preferred shipping company’s website. Once your documents are safely in our hands, we assure you they will be handled with the professional experience and expedient service we are celebrated for.

Our contact information:

Email: info@legalizationservicecentre.ca

Toll Free: 1-800-857-1215

Local/WhatsApp: +1-613-501-0555

Skype: lsccanada

Fax: 1-844-786-2001

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Attestation of documents in Canada

Attestation of Documents in Canada

The attestation of documents in Canada is the process when the Canadian documents get certified as being genuine and are legal to be used in other countries. For example, many Canadians currently live and work in foreign countries. For their degrees to be accepted in those countries, they need to be attested by the appropriate Embassies and Consulates in Canada. The whole meaning of the attestation process is to make sure that the Canadian documents can be accepted in foreign jurisdictions without any reservations.

Please do not be confused with the attestation of documents process for evaluation of the foreign educational documents. This attestation process is different from the one we discuss here.

We are receiving many inquiries related to the attestation of documents process for Canadian documents for use in countries like Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Czech Republic, China, Aruba, Mexico and so on. The most requested documents for the attestation of documents process are: university degrees, school report cards, birth and marriage certificates, criminal record check certificates and many others.

The attestation of documents is another term of the authentication and legalization of documents and also Apostille process. All these terms are related to the international document processing services and are being regulated by the international conventions.

Attestation of Documents Steps

The attestation of documents process usually requires passing two important steps. The first step is to get the Canadian documents authenticated by the Canadian government.  This step ensures that the documents have been issued legally by the appropriate authorities. Only Canadian government officials can verify that the documents are genuine. Once the government officials have authenticated the documents, the second step would be to get them attested by the appropriate Embassies or Consulates. For example, if your degree is required to be presented in order to obtain a Qatari work visa, then the degree has to be attested by the Qatari embassy in Canada.

There is one more steps which is a notarization. This is an optional step that is employed when you attest the certified true copies of the original documents. In this case, the first step would be to go to the notary public office and notarize the documents as certified true copies.

In some countries, additional third step may be required. This step involves finalizing the attestation process by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country in question. Let’s take our previous example with attestation of the degree for a Qatari work visa. Once the degree passed two steps in Canada, the third step would be to finalize the degree at the Ministry of External Affairs of the State of Qatar.

We understand that the attestation process might be confusing so please do not hesitate to contact us. We have an extended experience in attestation of documents services, so we will professionally walk you through this process.

Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector

Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector

Effective January 1st, 2017 the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector is open only four days a week from Monday to Thursday and from 10:00am to 12:00pm and from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. The Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector is closed on Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Authentication of Documents by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector

The Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector authenticates the following documents:

The processing time for authentication of documents is up to 20 business days.

What is a Legalization of Documents?

After authentication of documents by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector most likely your documents will be required to get legalized or superlegalized by the appropriate Embassy or Consulates in Canada. The legalization of documents is usually done on original documents that confirms the documents are legal. The Embassy and Consulates collect certain consular fees that must be paid in US or Canadian currency in the form of a money order.

How Legalization Service Centre can help you?

We are a professional Canadian company with more than 5 years of successful experience in the field of document authentication and legalization process in Canada. We authenticate documents at the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector in person within one business day. Also we assist our customers with legalization of documents at Embassies and Consulates in person.

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Authenticate Documents

How to Authenticate Documents in Canada?

Authentication of documents in Canada doesn’t often cross your mind unless you actually need to authenticate documents. Here’s what you need to know about the authentication process for documents in Canada.

What is to Authenticate Documents?

Often known as legalization, to authenticate documents means to certify the the signature, seal, or position on the document. It is done by a person who has the authority to issue, execute, or certify a document in one jurisdiction so that it can be recognized by another jurisdiction. However, to authenticate documents does not necessarily mean to confirm the content of the document is genuine, legal, or credible. The Legalization Service Centre (LSC) can take care of Authentication and Legalization of documents in Canada from start to finish. You cannot perform legalization on your own document, of course. Please click here to read more about LSC.

How to Send in Documents?

In Person – All you have to do is to go to Legalization Service Centre office with your documents. You may need an appointment depending on the location. You can also have another person bring in to authenticate documents for you if you do not have the time. Some offices are closed on the weekends and most are closed on holidays. If the documents cannot be immediately authenticated, you’ll need to come back at a later date to pick them up. You can wait if it won’t take too long, though. If they cannot be done immediately, you will be contacted when it is time to come back and get your authenticated documents.

Mailing Documents – You’ll need to fill out and enclose an LSC Order form (hard copy is preferred) which you can fill out online on our website here: https://legalizationservicecentre.ca/lsc-online-order-form/ It is probably going to be untrackable if you use regular mail and the Legalization Service Centre is not responsible if the documents get lost in the mail. It is better to use express courier services to mail your documents in like: Express Canada Post, Fedex, Purolator, UPS so that you can track your shipments all the way down. The processing time may differ on the type of documents so it is recommended to use express couriers.

How Long It Takes to Authenticate Documents?

Generally, to authenticate the documents takes about 7-8 business days (two weeks). Add in 5 business days at minimum if you are using Canadian regular mail services. If you need to authenticate documents urgently or sooner than two weeks the Legalization Service Centre will be your first point of contact as LSC authenticates documents in less than two business days rush service. It is much easier to bring your documents in in-person if you have the time, but that depends on your schedule. Bringing them to the office in-person will ensure they get there in good condition. If not, please use one of recognizable and reliable courier services we mentioned above and mail the documents in to our office in Ottawa. Once the documents are received, they will be processed immediately.

This should be the basis of what you need to know to get your documents Authenticated in Canada.

China Embassy

Legalization of Documents at the China Embassy in Canada

China Embassy in Canada is observing National Day Golden Week Holiday from October 2nd to October 7th 2016.

Many Government services will be closed or offer limited services.

China Embassy and Consulates around the world will also be closed therefore visa services and #legalization of documents services will not be available.

The China Embassy in Canada will be closed from October 3rd to 5th in observance of the Holiday. Please be advised that there will be more visitors during first few days in Consular section when they resume the services resulting in longer waiting times.

Legalization Service Centre will help you to save your time so you do not need to worry about authentication and legalization of your documents at China Embassy in Canada.

For more information, please visit this page: https://legalizationservicecentre.ca/authentication/

Contact us for more information: Email: info@legalizationservicecentre.ca

Toll Free: 1-800-857-1215 Local/WhatsApp: +1-613-501-0555 Skype: lsccanada Fax: 1-844-786-2001