Medical Professionals Abroad: Attestation of Documents

Jul 3, 2022

Canadian medical professionals are regarded very highly around the world. This is because medical training, licensing standards and practice in Canada are amongst the most challenging in the world. As such, foreign countries and organizations seek out Canadian medical professionals for work. Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization are just some of the examples!  Before you can extend a gold standard service outside of your own country, there are several things to do. That is, documentation caveats, such as authentication and legalization of your medical documents.

What Do Medical Professionals Have To Do?

You must authenticate and legalize your professional medical doctor or nurse license. Countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East ask for validated licenses from medical professionals before allowing them to practice in their countries. For that, you need to obtain a true copy of your license and certificates of training. Then, a notary public in Canada needs to notarize and attest your license. Your next stop is Global Affairs Canada.

The Authentication Process of Medical Documents

The Canadian government has two layers: provincial and federal. You will need to submit your documents for authentication by them. They will ensure that the signatures and practices numbers on the license are authentic and match the ones within its registry. Some documents only need provincial level authentication, but some don’t. As each document has its own requirements, we recommend reaching out to us at LSC Canada, so we may provide you with the most up to date information!

The Legalization Process of Medical Documents

You need to submit your license/certificate to the embassy of the country you’re going to practice in Ottawa. The embassy will review your document and the Canadian government stamp placed on it. Once they are satisfied that the stamp is authentic and the license meets their standards, they too will affix their stamp or a certificate to your document to verify that it has been legalized.

How We Can Help You

While document authentication and legalization are not difficult to complete, they can be time consuming. And costly if not done correctly, especially if you choose to do it yourself! This is because individuals usually lack the network within the government bodies and local Ottawa embassies that authentication and legalization professionals such as Legalization Service Centre (LSC) possess. This network allows these organizations to bypass long wait times. Moreover, because LSC’s office is located in Ottawa where most embassies are located, it allows us to be able to oversee your document while it is being processed, meaning that any cause for delay can be rectified immediately.

LSC has earned an A+ status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and boasts a 5 star review on Google. We take pride in the level of customer service provided to customers over many years of operation. We understand that processing documents can be tedious, especially if you are not familiar or don’t have experience working with government bodies and embassies. Moreover, these tasks can be particularly stressful when conducted from a distance, such as from a different city or province. Trust us with your document authentication and legalization needs, and we will ensure a positive experience for you too!

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