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Degree Legalization for Costa Rica

Thinking about a move to Costa Rica? You aren’t alone! Costa Rica has become home to thousands of Canadians flocking to a piece of paradise. And for good reason too – the economy on this island has been soaring to impressive measures. Tourism, agribusiness, and its natural resources make for a wide diversity of opportunities. As businesses set up shop and people flock to vacation there, a growing need for professionals in all levels is becoming apparent. And as you may have encountered first-hand, this is great news for anyone looking to make a settlement there. Whether you’re a professional or student, one thing’s for sure – you’ll need degree legalization for Costa Rica!

Preparing Your Degree

If you’re applying for a job or higher education,  the institution you’re applying to would want to check your credentials. You’ll need degrees and diplomas on hand and ready to submit them.As legalization professionals, one of the issues we see people encounter is a lack of preparedness ahead of time. For example, many people often don’t have their degree or diploma on hand. This leads to a rush job and panicking.

For this reason, you should request the document as soon as possible. It often takes institutions several weeks to prepare and mail them out to you. From that point, receiving it through courier services or snail mail can also take time. Also on that note – it is good practice to also have your transcripts on hand and processed, in case you need to provide this as well. Best practice calls to have all of these documents ordered together so you can expect to receive them around the same time.

Degree Authentication for Costa Rica

Once you have your degree or diploma and official transcripts, you will need to have all of these documents authenticated and legalized in order for them to be valid for use in Costa Rica. In Canada, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) located in Ottawa is responsible for all document authentication. There may also be an option to authenticate them through provincial Document Services Office. To find out which office you need to go through, you should contact the embassy to consult with them. Alternatively, you can contact Legalization Service Centre, where we have up-to-date information on all authentication and legalization information.

Document Legalization for Costa Rica

Following authentication, which can take up to 30 days to complete, your documents will need to be legalized by the Costa Rican embassy in Ottawa. The embassy will review the documents, along with the authentication stamp, to verify that the documents and authentication meet their country’s standards. The embassy will place their stamp or certificate completing the entire attestation process.

What makes document processing difficult?

Document authentication and legalization can be dreadful work. In fact, it’s often the least looked-forward-to part of the process for many Canadian applicants. For security reasons, GAC can take a very long time to process your documents, which can feel cumbersome. Moreover, any out-of-province travel you have to do can mean time spent away from work and hundreds or thousands of dollars in travel costs alone. For these reasons, we highly recommend using a service provider to manage these processes. Not only will a service such as ours save you time and money, but we take the headache out of figuring out what to do next.  In most cases, all you have to do is submit the required documents and everything else, including delivery to their final destination, is up to us.

Still have questions and confusions? Don’t be alarmed, it’s natural to feel this way. Moving to a whole new country, whether for a short while or long, is a huge step. There’s definitely a lot to get done, but keep your head up high and remember that all of this is temporary. But for everything related to attestation, just give us a call. We’re happy to help you every step of the way!


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Degree and Transcript Legalization for Colombia

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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Authentication of Documents in Canada

LSC Canada: One-Stop Solution for your Attestation Needs

Paperwork can be daunting and we get that. Unfortunately, when you need documents from one country to use in another, there is even more administration involved. Not only do these documents often need to be notarized, they also need to be attested to ensure that they are legally admissible in the intended country of use. For anyone who hasn’t gone through the process before, attestation or authentication and legalization (what does that even mean?) can seem like a headache. From ordering the right document to having them reach their final destination, there is just so much involved! Not to mention the trip to Ottawa for legalization that you probably didn’t have in your travel plans.

So what do you do? We recommend getting in touch with Legalization Service Centre Canada (LSC Canada). Not just because we’re the best in the industry, but because we take all of your attestation stress away. And when we say all, we mean from A to Z. Here’s how.

1. Getting your documents together

You know what document you need, but do you know where to order it from? What about which version is right? For example, if you need a birth certificate attested, you may not be aware that the long form can save you a lot of headache down the road. In fact, most times the short version won’t even be accepted. Moreover, often there are documents you need along with the basic ones that you may not even be aware of. For example, if you need a divorce certificate attested to clear you for a marriage abroad, it may be a good idea to include your marriage certificate to that person as well. There are many examples like these where people often have to repeat the process simply because they forgot to include a document the first time around.

When you go through us, we know what the end goal is because we’ve done the job plenty of times. We’ll know not just how to efficiently complete attestation of the document of your interest, but will also advise on everything else you may need.

2. We take care of all of the applications and travel

Did you know that the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and most embassy offices are located in Ottawa? That’s why our head office is also situated in the heart of Ottawa, just minutes away from all of these key points that you’ll need to touch. If you aren’t in Ottawa, that doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Traveling to Ottawa for the purpose of attestation of your documents isn’t a great use of your time. But it is a very good use of ours! Once you transfer all of your required documents to us, we’ll fill out the necessary applications and submit everything on your behalf. They will first go to Global Affairs Canada for authentication and then to the appropriate embassy for legalization. No matter how many times these offices need to be visited for your paperwork, we’ll make the necessary trips.

3. Document transfers and mailing

Once all of your documents are fully authenticated and legalized, we package them up and courier them to your requested address. In many instances, this means that you don’t even have to worry about mailing in the documents to their final destination. Our mails are sent through secured channels so that you can track them until they reach their destination.

Moreover, there are perks to using LSC as your service provider that you wouldn’t enjoy otherwise. For example, did you also know that now it takes 10 business day or more for GAC  to complete your authentication? We can help expedite this process as long as you have proof of your deadline!

Still not sure what to do? Don’t fret, we know that the process can appear complicated. We are always here to help you with your attestation needs. If you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll go over more details. At LSC Canada, we are happy to help you with your attestation needs at every step of the way. Even if that means just having a reassuring and informative conversation!

Degree Attestation for Spain: Transcripts & Diplomas

Spain has a rich culture and landscape, so it is no wonder that thousands of tourists flock there every year. Whether you love the seafood paella, the vibrant atmosphere, or friendly locals, there is plenty to see and do. But it appears that the country has more to offer potential students than these qualities alone. It’s one of the most popular study destinations because of its rich foundations in academia. It’s also one of the most affordable European study destinations. Many masters and graduate level studies cost around 4,000 Euros per academic year. And lots of programs cost as little as 100 or 200 Euros! Now that you’re ready to go, you may be wondering what comes next. Read on to find out about degree attestation for Spain.

What documents do you need for Spanish degree attestation?

It’s common for institutions and application services to request document such as ID, transcripts, degree certificates and references. Furthermore, you may need to supply bank and funding details. This is to ensure that you have the means to enrol and complete the program. As an international student, you must process all the documents correctly. Most will likely originate from Canada, so to ensure they are valid in Spain, you must undertake attestation a.k.a. document authentication and legalization.

How do you conduct degree attestation for Spain?

Authentication is the first step of attestation and is completed by a government body recognized as Global Affairs Canada (GAC). GAC is located in Ottawa and typically requires 20 business days to review your documents for authentication. However, with the help of Legalization Service Centre, your documents can be processed in as little as two business days. We have established a network within GAC and refined a systematic process that allows us to work with this speed. With our experience, you can depend on your degree attestation for Spain being processed without any errors or omissions.

Legalization: The second step of degree attestation for Spain

GAC will place a large red stamp to indicate its approval to signify authentication. Congratulations! Your documents are now ready for step two of the process. This step, known legalization, requires for you to submit your documents to the Spanish Embassy. The embassy will review the newly placed stamp to ensure it’s authentic and true. They will also review your documents so that they meet specific standards and requirements. For degree attestation, they are ensuring your degrees are from a recognized Canadian institutions. They too will place a stamp or certificate to your documents to indicate full legalization.

How can we help? 

Attestation can be a difficult process for several reasons. The physical location of the embassy can make it difficult to access for many. This means that even if you submit your documents, it can be difficult to track them for progress and make any necessary changes. We at LSC Canada can help solve these problems for you! We keep up-to-date information on current legalization requirements, and our office is located near most embassies in Ottawa. This alone can be a relief from contacting multiple agents within the same embassy to track updates.

What do you do after degree attestation for Spain?

If you choose Legalization Service Centre, following attestation, we prepare a package of your documents and have it shipped to your desired final destination. This can mean that they go directly to your chosen institution(s) from our office in Ottawa! With this level of service, all you have to do is get in touch with one of our agents and submit your documents to be authenticated. Everything from attestation to delivery becomes our responsibility!

Not sure if you are ready to start, but have questions? Get in touch with us via WhatsApp! We are happy to answer any questions or consult over the phone, no commitment required.


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