Apostille & Legalization in Canada

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Legalizing a marriage certificate in Canada is a two-step process that involves the authentication of the marriage certificate at an authorized government body and the legalization of the certificate at the Embassy or Consulate in Canada. This process is necessary for individuals who wish to use their marriage certificate for official purposes such as immigration, visa applications, and legal proceedings.

Legalization process

The first step in the legalization process is the authentication of the marriage certificate at the authorized government agency. This involves verifying the authenticity of the marriage certificate and confirming that it has been issued by the appropriate government authority. The process of authentication can take several weeks, depending on the workload of the issuing province or territory.

Documents Preparation 

To prepare the documents for the authentication process, individuals should ensure that they have the original marriage certificate and any additional documents that may be required. It is essential to check the specific requirements for the authentication process as they may vary depending on the issuing province or territory. If individuals are not sure about where to start with the preparation of their documents.

Once the documents have been prepared, they may be sent them to LSC Canada. LSC will submit documents to government agency. Once the authentication process is complete, LSC will receive the authenticated documents back and proceed to the second step of the legalization process.

Attestation of Documents

The second step in the legalization process is the legalization of the marriage certificate at the Embassy or Consulate in Canada. This involves obtaining an apostille or a legalization stamp on the marriage certificate authentication from the Embassy or Consulate of the country where the certificate will be used. The legalization process can take several weeks, depending on the workload of the Embassy or Consulate and the country’s specific requirements.

LSC will handle the legalization process on behalf of the clients and send the authenticated documents to the appropriate Embassy or Consulate for legalization. Once the legalization process is complete, LSC will receive the legalized documents back from the Embassy or Consulate and will send them back to the client.

It is important to note that the legalization process may take several weeks, and individuals should plan and allow enough time for the process to be completed before it is needed for any official purposes. It is also important to ensure that the documents are properly packaged and sent by a secure method such as registered mail.

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