Best known for its beauty and culture, Colombia has earned the title, “Happiest place in the world” in history. It’s no wonder so many people want to move there! A flourishing economy and rising standards of education have made it an ideal host for many international students. If you are one of these people, get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Before you set foot on this journey, there is some important paperwork to complete. Doing your due-diligence ahead of time will save you time and money. Ready to get your paperwork in order? Keep reading to learn about degree legalization for use in Colombia!
Before Degree Legalization
You will need to provide documents such as your school transcripts, degrees, and ID when applying to colleges or universities. Similarly, this applies when you have secured a position there or applying for a visa. Whatever the case, you will need to authenticate and legalize your documents.
Find out which documents you need for your school and Colombian visa requirements and start collecting them early. It could take weeks to receive requested documents from the institutions here in Canada! Create a checklist and a folder to keep track and gather them all together. Often, you will need to translate your documents, as well as notarize them. All of this also takes time, so find out the specific requirements and allocate time for these tasks.
Degree Authentication for Colombia
Document authentication is the process of validating your documents from one country so that it will be recognized as credible in another. The terms authentication and legalization are synonymous with attestation and mean the same thing. In Canada, authentication is conducted by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), located in Ottawa, Ontario. GAC will review the signatures on each of your documents (such as degrees and transcripts) and will verify that the signatures and seals on it are valid. They will place a stamp on your documents to indicate that they have authenticated the document.
Colombia Embassy Degree legalization
For the last step, you will need legalize your documents at the appropriate embassy. In this case, your documents will need to be submitted to the Consulate General of Colombia, located in Ottawa and Toronto. The embassy will review the authentication stamp and ensure that your documents meet all of their country’s standards. They will place a stamp or certificate on the documents to signify completed legalization.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Settling down in a different country to attend school is already a very big decision. There’s certainly a lot of planning and preparation that goes into the endeavour. At Legalization Service Centre, we understand how full your plate is and are happy to help with all of your paperwork from inception until your document requirements are fully complete. If you get in touch with us early, we will take the entire burden of document preparation and attestation off of your shoulders and deliver the paperwork to your desired destination fast, secure, and hassle-free.
Our work has earned us an A++ reputation with the BBB and a 5-star rating on Google for customer service and efficiency. But we realize that sometimes all you need is just a little bit of guidance in the right direction, so feel free to call with any questions. We are happy to help where-ever we can! We wish you a successful journey ahead!
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