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.
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