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How To Get A Canadian Document Notarized For International Travel?

Nov 20, 2016

There is always a common problem which international travelers do face whenever they want to travel from one country to another for business or residency. This is the nightmare of getting their documents notarized as required by the laws of every country. If you happen to be one of such persons then you would have known by now that notarized and subsequently authenticated documents are what actually authorize your movement abroad whether for business or residency or work purposes. This simply means that without a notarized and authenticated documents, your movement will be impeded.

What this post will be aimed at doing is to have you enlightened on the steps you will have to take to ensure that such a process is a huge success. These will be highlighted and briefly discussed below.

Getting Your Documents Notarized

This is a very vital step that you don’t want to ignore. A notary certificate involves having a seal placed at the end of your document indicating that a notary public has successfully carried out every witnessing as required by the law. It is important to note that a notary certificate may not be part of the original document as it can be attached to it. In order to get your document notarized, you will need a notary certificate, seal and finally a signature.

Meeting Different Requirements

You have to know that there are varying conditions when it comes to the process of notarization and authentication of documents. What this means is that the process is usually different from province to federal level, and country to country. Also, there is what is always referred to as general requirements.

The most pressing of all is the general requirements which you must meet. If you are a business person, you will be expected to submit your notarized powers of attorney, certificates of incorporation, affidavits, transcripts, deeds of assignment, commercial invoices, income verification, copy of international passport and any other documents related to your business. This may be required, for example, when you open a subsidiary of your business in foreign jurisdictions.

The requirements for the notarization and authentication of personal documents may include: marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce decrees, judgment or probate wills, criminal background checks, fingerprints. Please note that you only authenticate these documents when you are required to do so by government authorities of foreign countries. For instance, being divorced requires you to submit a document verifying this status.

File in A Request For Notarization and Authentication Services

This is the stage where you will need to complete a form about your request for the notarization and authentication of documents owned by you. In Canada, Legalization Service Centre is the company that will assist you to get documents notarized and authenticated. You will need to fill out the LSC Order Form in order to request this service from the company. The order form is not difficult to complete, but if you will have questions on how to complete it, you can always call the Customer Service at LSC to help you with the completion. Once the order was placed, the agents of LSC will process your documents at Global Affairs Canada and then will further process them by appropriate consulates or Embassies accredited in Canada according to international laws.

In conclusion, any time when you travel abroad: for business, work or residency purposes, you will need to make sure that Canadian documents are properly notarized and authenticated so that they are recognized in the country of your destination. LSC will properly get your documents notarized.  Legalization Service Centre is your trusted partner in your international endeavor!

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