What is document authentication?
The authentication of documents in Canada is a process that confirms the validity of the signatures on documents, made possible by experienced and authorized authentication officers. This is always required when such documents are intended for use in foreign countries, and for various purposes. The authentication of documents is usually time-consuming as there are certain established governmental requirements that must be adhered to, and the same applies to laws and regulations set out by foreign consulates.
The Legalization Service Centre offers fast, efficient and secure document authentication and legalization services in Canada. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals ensure that your documents have been properly authenticated and legalized in accordance with even the strictest international laws and regulations, enabling for their validation and use outside of Canada.
Normally, the authentication of documents process requires the following:
How we can help
Our team at the Legalization Service Centre has proudly helped many Canadians ensure that their documentation is not only sufficiently prepared in advance of travel but also legally authenticated and valid for use in other countries. We authenticate all types of documents from all Canadian provinces. However, bear in mind that there are restrictions in place as to what documents can be legally authenticated. For example, the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector does not accept religious or other documents issued by unrecognized private institutions in Canada for authentication. If you are unsure whether your document can be accepted for authentication, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you with this process.
The Legalization Service Centre has over half a decade of successful experience in document authentication and legalization. We have many happy customers not only in Canada but also around the world. We know all aspects of the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector’s requirements in addition to those of local foreign embassies. We have carefully authenticated and legalized hundreds upon hundreds of documents for Canadians, to be used outside of the country.
The LSC can authenticate and legalize the following documents:
Steps for document authentication and legalization in Canada:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What’s the difference between an Apostille and authentication?
Very little, actually. An Apostille is an official governmental stamp that acts as proof that the document in question is valid. It can therefore be used in other countries who are part of the Hague Apostille Convention, which was first established in 1961. However, Canada was never a signor of the Convention and therefore an Apostille is not possible. The workaround is official authentication and legalization, which creates the same result: Validating specific documents for use in other countries.
What’s it like working with Global Affairs?
The process of working with Global Affairs can vary in complexity depending on your current needs. In addition, having your documents prepared in advance can help speed up the process a little – you might even get your documents sooner. For instance, those seeking authentication and legalization of a work permit from another government may have a longer wait as it requires going through two governmental bodies.
Can I get an LSC agent to appear on my behalf?
Yes. One of our experienced agents can appear in person both at Global Affairs Canada for the authentication process as well as the embassy of the destination country in question for legalization steps. We follow the progress of your documentation meticulously to ensure all established requirements and parameters are met. In addition, we can monitor progress to ensure processing is completed in as timely and efficient of a manner as possible.
Why is the LSC the best choice for authentication and legalization?
These processes require the expert eyes and hands of a trained professional; not just anyone can scan over a document and accurately validate it. In addition, working with us gives you a fair, transparent and no-nonsense bill for our services. Plus, we have 7+ years experience in performing these services, so you can always trust that any authentication and legalization performed by us will be accepted in the destination country.
Do I need provincial authentication before coming to the LSC?
No. Your documents don’t require provincial authentication prior to the authentication process handled by Global Affairs Canada.
Is there a difference between attestation and legalization of documents?
No. They represent the same process. This is merely a term used by countries located in the Middle East and South Asia.
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