Death Certificate Attestation for use in China

Mar 14, 2021

Belonging to different nationalities means that you likely have affairs in different parts of the world. For example, if you are a Chinese immigrant in Canada, you may have properties, businesses, and assets in both countries. Similarly, you may have relatives in both places. Immigrants lead blessed and complicated lives in this regard. Your ties continue to remain in both lands, even after your demise. If you require a China death certificate attestation for someone who passed away in Canada, you’re not alone. Every year, thousands of Chinese-Canadians need to validate a Canadian death certificate. What do you do now?

Starting Death Certificate Attestation

In Canada, only the next-of-kin can apply for a certified copy of the death registration. This means that direct relatives such as a spouse, off-spring, and parents may access or request this document. The vital statistics office in your province issues certified death certificates. For example, you may obtain it from Service Ontario if the death was registered in ON. To be certain that you don’t face any obstacles in China with the process, get the long-form certified copy.

Death Certificate Attestation Step 1: Authentication 

The death certificate attestation is a process with two simple steps. It is only valid for use in China afterwards. In order to authenticate, it must be submitted to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) located in Ottawa. GAC will review your document and validate all the details of the form. This process typically takes 15-20 business days. They will place a red stamp to indicate completion of authentication.

Death Certificate Attestation Step 2: Legalization

Following authentication, your death certificate will need to be submitted to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, located in Ottawa. Here, the document will undergo the process of legalization. During this process, the embassy will review the document to validate GAC’s stamp. They will also ensure that the document meets it’s country-wise requirements. After this step, death certificate attestation is complete. Now, even though the death happened in Canada, this document will be treated as its legal equivalent in China.

A Friendly Word of Advice

The process of death certificate attestation can be daunting! Especially if you are already processing the death of a loved one. The physical location of GAC and most embassies in Canada to work with. For these reasons, it is advisable to contact a legalization professional such as Legalization Service Centre to conduct the process on your behalf. We will gather all the right documents and make their transfer to the final destination smoother. While it typically takes 15 to 20 days to authenticate a document if you to submit it yourself, LSC can have the document processed at GAC in as little as one business day. Moreover, since we are professionals who handle these matters regularly, our skilled agents submit your documents free of errors or omissions which can otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars in additional fees.

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We are also highly professional and deemed reliable by all of our clients as well as The Better Business Bureau (BBB). Over the years, our customer service and dedicated legalization services have earned us hundreds of 5 star ratings on Google and an A++ standing with the BBB. Our work is our pride and we take care to handle each client’s need with the sensitivity and attention required to help you reach your documentation goals.

Not sure where to start? Give us a call, and we’ll help you sort your thoughts. Paperwork can be stressful, but if you know what you need, we’ll help you get on the right path. Whether you need our service or not, we are happy to chat!

 

 

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