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Power of Attorney for Use in Kazakhstan

Need a Power of Attorney (POA) for use in Kazakhstan? You probably have many questions. POAs can be a very handy tool, but often they are not your first choice to accomplish a task. Regardless, POAs have been particularly popular between Canada and Kazakhstan during the course of the pandemic due to travel restrictions and bans. If you can’t be present to conduct a task that you must carry on through with, assign an attorney to act on your behalf!

What is a Power of Attorney?

A POA is a legal document that provides another person (an attorney) with permission to act on your behalf. Typically, you use them for matters concerning financial activities, property transactions and medical decisions on behalf of another. You may need one if, for whatever reason, you cannot be present or are unable to perform a task yourself (i.e. conduct the sale of a property that you are the title-holder to).

How Do You Prepare a POA for use in Kazakhstan?

There are forms that are readily available online that you can customize with the relevant details of yourself and your chosen attorney. You can outline the extent to which they may act on your behalf and set forth limitations to their decision-making. It is important to consider all aspects of the power that you are providing to your attorney. Since they are making important decisions on your behalf, your chosen attorney must be:

  1. Someone who is capable of making sound decisions
  2. Someone you can trust and have faith in

While anyone can be your attorney, your chosen individual must not be a spouse, your child, or anyone you consider to be like a child to you.

Attestation of POA for Kazakhstan

Once you prepare a POA here in Canada, you need to have it attested for use in Kazakhstan. Attestation is a 2 step process: authentication and legalization. Both terms are interchangeable and require the same processing of documents.

To complete authentication, you have to submit your documents to Global Affairs Canada located in Ottawa. GAC is the only government body in Canada that processes all document authentications. There are no parallel or equivalent services in Canada for this purpose. It may take the office of GAC up to 2 weeks to complete the process.

But what if you need your documents sooner?

That is often a very long wait-time for many people. You may have important work relying on this that need attending to much sooner. At Legalization Service Centre, we understand the urgency of your requests. We have a solution to have your documents processed at GAC sooner. How? We have been in the business of attestations for many years! Over these years, we built a solid network within GAC and with all of our experience, we know what pitfalls and mistakes to avoid, which speeds up the process even further. All we need from you, is a letter and proof of your urgency to submit to GAC for consideration, and we take care of the rest.

Legalization of Power of Attorney for Kazakhstan?

Once your document has been authenticated (indicated by a large red stamp placed by GAC), it will need to be submitted to the Kazakh embassy. Here, your documents will undergo legalization, which is the name given to the review by the embassy. The Kazakh embassy will review your POA primarily to ensure that the GAC stamp is valid. Moreover, they will check to see that the POA meets all of the standards put in place to allow it to be used in Kazakhstan. Once the embassy is satisfied, they too will place a stamp or certificating indicating that it has been legalized. After these two steps, your power of attorney for Kazakhstan is now ready!

The Final Steps

Authentication and legalization are not necessarily difficult processes once you know what to do. However, if this is just a means to an end for you, then finding out how each step of the process works through personal experience may not be a good use of your time. Moreover, no matter how much research you do, going solo will likely result in unnecessary wait-times and unforeseen delays.

At Legalization Service Centre, this is all we do, all day, every day. From gathering all of the pieces, to having the final documents sent to the right place, we cover all of your tracks so that you don’t have to. We know how tedious paper work can be. We also know that our clients have far more important things to do with their time. So, when you’re ready to have your documents attested, give us a call. We’re happy to chat, even if all you need is more information!

 

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Legalization of Power of Attorney for Russia

As we hit June and approach the middle of 2021, the global COVID-19 pandemic hits its 1.5 year mark. We are patiently waiting as the population of the entire world slowly receives vaccination so that our world can go back to normal. You may have faced the reality that you can’t put off many priorities for later. If you have ties to Russia, travel for any reason may be out of question at the moment. The risks and travel restrictions have made conducting business and affairs quite difficult. But as the old adage goes, “where there is a will, there is a way!” If you are poised to conduct important affairs that cannot wait, you need to complete an attestation of a power of attorney for Russia.

What is a Power of Attorney?

If you are reading this article, you probably have a very good idea as to what a POA is and why you need one. But to summarize, a Power of Attorney (POA) is a document that assigns someone else with legal decision-making authority on your behalf. The person you assign with this responsibility is known as your “attorney”. Acting in your best interest, your attorney may make important decisions regarding your property, finances, or even medical care. While anyone of your choosing can be your attorney, some limitations exist. These are as follows:

  • The attorney must be of legal age and mental capacity to carry on the duties outlined in the POA.
  • The attorney must not be your child or a person you treat as your child.

Forms for POAs are readily accessible online. Alternatively, you can speak to a legal advisor to prepare one that is unique and specific for your needs. If the matter is particularly sensitive, it may be wise to consult with an advisor regarding any conditions and limitations you may want to include.

Should you use a POA?

Whether or not to use a POA is a very personal decision. Entrusted to the right person, POAs can be very handy tools to bring a means to an end. For example, if you simply cannot be present in Russia for important financial or property matters that absolutely cannot wait, then a POA may be your only option. However, remember that you are sharing a big responsibility with someone else. In many ways, providing a POA can make you and your business/assets vulnerable. For this reason, it is very important to choose someone you trust. You must be confident that the attorney you chose will act responsibly and intelligently in your best interest.

What’s next when it comes to authentication and legalization of Power of Attorney for Russia?

Before you can use a power of attorney outside of Canada, you need to take it through attestation. Since you are in Canada, make sure you notarize it with a Canadian notary before that. You may have heard of “authentication and legalization” before. In fact, this is the exact same process as attestation. They are essentially comparable, globally and locally, so do not worry about the differences in phrasing!

Legalization of Power of Attorney for Russia: Step 1

Once you notarize your POA for use in Russia, you will need to submit it to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) located in Ottawa. GAC conducts authentication for all formal documents undergoing the process. If you submit the document personally, it typical takes 20 business days for your document to be authenticated. Contrarily, using an attestation expert such as Legalization Service Centre (LSC) can help reduce this time. This is due to our years of experience in the business and extensive network within GAC. Once GAC is satisfied that your POA meets all the standards and validity tests, they will place a large red stamp to indicate that your document has been authenticated.

Legalization of Power of Attorney for Russia: Step 2

Following authentication, your document will need to be submitted to the Russian Embassy for legalization. During this step, the embassy will conduct their own review of the POA to ensure that the GAC stamp is valid. They will also ensure that the power of attorney meant for Russia meets their specific standards for use in Russia and if satisfied, they will attach a certificate or stamp to indicate that the POA has been legalized.

One note for consideration here is that the regulations and requirements at embassies change regularly. The standards and measures of acceptability from earlier this year may no longer apply now. It is can be difficult to keep up with ongoing changes if you aren’t familiar with the process. However, expert attestation professionals usually have the most current embassy information and can guide you accordingly. At Legalization Service Centre, our active work and close physical proximity to most embassies results in the most accurate and current information. Having these at your fingertips can save you tons of time, money, and hassle.

Legalization Service Centre and Power of Attorney for Russia

 At Legalization Service Centre, we have been dealing with POAs for Russia long before the pandemic sprung. With an A++ ranking at the Better Business Bureau and a 5 star customer rating on Google, LSC boasts a reputable customer service and excellence in practice. And with the current struggles and circumstances, we realize the need for community and actively work to do our part. Trusting us with your POA attestation means ensuring that job gets done from A to Z with smoothness and efficiency. Whether you are just starting the thought process or are ready to start authentication, give us a call! We are happy to chat and answer any questions.

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Attestation of Power of Attorney for Spain

If you have property or a business in Spain, a Power of Attorney (POA) can be a great way to delegate responsibility. By means of a POA, your chosen attorney can perform certain actions and make decisions on your behalf. It’s particularly useful at times when it is difficult to travel from Canada to Spain to carry out your responsibilities. There are certain steps that you must take before a POA originating in Canada can be valid in Spain. Below are some things to do in order to prepare and attest your POA.

Draft the Power of Attorney

There are several types of Power of Attorneys that you could draft. Such as: a General POA, Special, Limited, Springing General, or Durable POA. With these, you can grant a trusted person with decision making rights regarding property, finances or medical care. You will need to fill out an appropriate form or draft a document with the aid of a legal advisor. Take sufficient time to determine the precise terms and conditions of the contract.

Swear your Power of Attorney

Two other adult witnesses and a notary public need to witness you signing your document. Any impartial and capable adult over the age of 18 can be your witness. Granted, they are not your spouse, child, or your attorney! In-person gatherings, however, are restricted for the better portion of 2021. There are paid online services where notary and witnessed signing can be completed as such. You should check with current provincial physical distancing measures and witnessing protocols in place to complete this step.

Have your POA Authenticated

After you sign and notarize your POA, you need to authenticate and legalize it. In order to complete the first of these two steps, your document will need to be submitted to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Ottawa. Completion of this step can be lengthy, often requiring over 20 business days to finish. Moreover, corrections to the authentication process can be expensive and further lengthen the process. To avoid process delays and additional charges, you can use a professional authentication and legalization service provider such as Legalization Service Centre located in Ottawa. You can contact LSC from anywhere in Canada, and we can properly guide you through the entire attestation process. Through our established network in GAC, we’re able to authenticate your document in as little as one business day.

Legalization at the Embassy of Spain in Canada

Following authentication, your POA and related documents will need to be legalized at the Spanish Embassy, conveniently located in both Ottawa and Toronto. The embassy will review your POA for GAC’s seal, and any standards needed for use in Spain. The guidelines at the embassy change regularly without notice and Legalization Service Centre keeps track of these changes to make the process of legalization smooth and hassle free. When you attest through us, we ensure that your document meets all of the necessary requirements before it even reaches the embassy.

Need Help?

Once the above steps are completed, your POA is good to use in Spain! However at Legalization Service Centre, we understand that preparing your POA can be a tedious task. We understand the caution and sensitivity of the matter and can help you complete the process of document preparation and attestation as efficiently as possible. Our goal is to help you move on to your next order of business as quickly and efficiently as you can!

 

 

 

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Why do you need a Marriage Search Certificate?

Marriage is a celebrated occasion and one that should be based on trust and confidence from both parties involved. Partners should be open and honest with each other, especially about marital status, past and present. It’s even more important that you and your partner fully disclose your marital status when marrying abroad. This is where a marriage search certificate factors in, as well as its consequent authentication and legalization.

Why Do You Need a Marriage Search Certificate?

Usually, one of the prerequisites to legal marriage is being in a single status at present. You are legally single by default if you have never married or been in a conjugal relationship. You are also single if you have conferred your divorce. The end outcome in order to marry is that you have to be single at present. If you are marrying someone in a different country, that country may require you to prove your freedom to marry. In this scenario, a simple marriage search certificate will clear your status.

A marriage search is usually conducted at the provincial level in Canada. If you got married in Ontario or live in Ontario, that is where you obtain your certificate from. Each province has their own process for searching the records and a simple Google search will show you the process for your province. Some provinces may require for you to submit an application by mail or in person.

It is also worth noting that this certificate will only indicate any record of marriage within the province. If the marriage ended with a divorce, the record of the divorce will not show on it. Additionally, you must obtain a divorce certificate from the Supreme Court if you are legally divorced. This, along with the marriage search certificate, should be sufficient to prove your freedom to marry.

Legalizing and Authenticating Your Marriage Search Certificate

Like any other legal document, you must validate your marriage certificate before use abroad. Meaning, the marriage search must undergo document authentication and legalization. To authenticate, submit it to Global Affairs Canada (GAC) located in Ottawa. GAC will review the signatures on your certificates to ensure that they are true and valid. GAC will place a red stamp on the documents to indicate that it has been authenticated.

Following authentication, you need to legalize your document by the embassy of the country you wish to marry in. This embassy will also conduct their own review to ensure that the certificates meet the standards and requirements of their country. They will also place a stamp or certificate to indicate that the certificate has been legalized.

How Can We Help?

At Legalization Service Centre, we understand that marriage is a celebratory occasion that requires a lot of preparation. With so much already on your plate, paperwork is probably the last thing you want to worry about. However, having the paperwork completed properly can save you time, money and headache in the weeks and months ahead of your journey. Legalization Service Centre has the expertise and network to complete your authentication and legalization needs so that you can remain stress-free and confident that your paperwork is being completed by professionals in the field. Our experience and customer service has earned us an A+ reputation with the BBB and a stellar rating on Google from our customers. With us, you can rest assured that paperwork will be the least of your worries on this joyous occasion.

 

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Export Related Documents: Authentication and Legalization

Authentication and Legalization in Exports and Imports

The business of trading goods or exports and imports is a promising form of commerce that requires authentication and legalization. Both parties require a certain level of trust when starting such a business. They may not have previous experience in exchanging goods with one another, after all. Checks and balances allow you to make an informed decision and choice in partners to commit the trade with. However, a certain level of risk related to the quality of the product you receive will remain.

When you engage in trading goods made in Canada, authentication and legalization of documents can help the importing country minimize risks related to the quality of the product. It will also provide financial reliability, as well as allow importing countries to assess authenticity of the product. They may request the Commercial Invoice and Certificate of Origin.

What is a Commercial Invoice?

A Commercial Invoice is a legal document that is included when goods are shipped to another country. The purpose of all invoices is to provide a record of the transaction. The importing country uses a commercial invoice to allow products in. This includes the billed amount and payment options for the buyer. In addition, it includes information about both the buyer, seller. and sold goods. Due to the risks of damage related to the order and  exporter accountability for the goods, this invoice can allow funds to remain in escrow accounts.

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Origin is another document that can provide assurance of quality and verification of details regarding the product. It contains details about the exporter and importer, along with information regarding the producer. It also contains the tariff classification number, weight of products, and most importantly, a statement certifying that the information on the certificate is true and accurate. A detailed description of the information contained within the Certificate of Origin can be found on the Canadian government website here.

The Authentication Process

In addition to providing these documents, some countries require that they undergo the process of authentication and legalization. In order to authenticate the documents, they must first meet the requirements of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Once met, they will affix a stamp to signify this. Moving forward, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will screen the document for authenticity and following a satisfactory review, your document will be stamped. The final step of legalization takes place at the embassy of your importing country, who will validate your document.

While this process may sound simple, it can take approximately two months to complete, with a minimum period of twenty days at GAC for authentication. Errors and omissions along the way can extend this time by another three months. However, Legalization Service Centre can complete the same process in a much shorter amount of time, knowing the process and having a strong network within GAC and embassies in Ottawa. With our office situated in Ottawa, we can fast-track authentication to provide next day service! We will also make sure that your documents stay at the relevant embassy for days or weeks instead of months.

Our experience and stellar customer service has earned us an A+ status with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We understand that your business requires you to act quickly and that simplicity in conducting your due diligence can translate to your success. For these reasons, we are readily available to answer any questions you may have and can have your documents authenticated and legalized quickly, efficiently, and accurately. Give us a call at 1-800-857-1215 or send us a message on WhatsApp: +1-613-501-0555.

 

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Wedding in Cuba

Marriage in Cuba: What Documents Should Canadians Prepare for Wedding in Cuba

Canadians Marrying in Cuba

Love is in the air! Fresh, oceanic, breezy Cuban air. Congratulations on choosing to marry in the beautiful island of Cuba. Perhaps your fiancé/e is Cuban or perhaps you are both Canadians taking advantage of a beautiful Cuban destination wedding. While the latter is simple, there are technical barriers you will have to overcome in order to marry in a Cuban resort. In both cases, you will need to have certain paper work compiled, authenticated and legalized in order to marry in Cuba.

The Paperwork

In order to marry in Cuba, you will need to obtain official permission from your future spouse’s government. Their government will require proof of the following with documentation:

  • Your marital status as being single and eligible to marry
  • Proof of country of birth
  • Proof of date of birth to meet the legal age requirement of 18 years old to marry

To prove that you are single, as a Canadian you will need to provide a Statutory Declaration of Single Status, along with notarized copies of your identification such as a birth certificate and passport. (Please contact our office for Statutory Declaration of Single Status template). If you are divorced/widowed, there are additional documents you will need to provide such as your marriage certificate, divorce certificate, divorce order, or death certificate.

All of the documents that you provide must be translated in Spanish, notarized, authenticated by Global Affairs Canada, and legalized by the Cuban consulate or embassy. For easy processing and a hiccup-free wedding in Cuba, you will want to have all of this paperwork completed before you depart to Cuba for the big affair!

While this takes care of your end of documentation, your Cuban partner will need to do some paperwork of their own. Your future husband or wife will need to provide the following to their government:

  • His/her identity card
  • If they are divorced, a notarized copy of their divorce certificate
  • For a female, if she has been divorced for less than 300 days, she will require a medical certificate stating that she is not pregnant

The Actual Marriage

Once all of your paper work is in order, you will then apply for the marriage itself. In order to do so, you can go to one of two offices in Havana, Cuba, along with your future spouse and two witnesses who are not related to either of you. Your witnesses will need to bring with them documentation/identification that proves the following:

  • Their full names
  • Address
  • Identity document number, passport, and residency permit/tourist cards

At the end of it all and after several fees and stamps, you will obtain three copies of your marriage certificate. And voila, you are now husband and wife!

Get Us to Help!

The prospect of marriage in Cuba can be daunting due to the paperwork and processing involved. Which documents you will need to compile vary case by case and can be complicated and confusing. To ensure that you have everything you need prepared correctly, it is best to consult with an experienced authentication and legalization service professional. You can call our services to obtain professional consultation. We will help you prepare your documents from start to finish, so that your love-filled affair remains as simple and exciting as possible.

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United Arab Emirates: Canadian Document Preparation

If you’re seeking post-secondary education and/or are looking for opportunities for employment, chances are you already heard of United Arab Emirates. This country offers one of the highest quality education in the Middle East, and is currently a hotspot for anyone wishing to join their diverse workforce. As international interest grows, naturally, the UAE becomes more strict about who they accept into their country and who they don’t. Before your documents are considered valid in UAE, they must first go through authentication and legalization or document apostille. 

CANADIAN DOCUMENT APOSTILLE: AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION

What is “apostille”? And why must you do both authentication and legalization of your documents? This all due to the Hague agreement or Apostille Convention, which Canada hasn’t signed. Canadian documents need to go through two levels of authentication and legalization. This means that in order for your documents to be valid and usable in UAE, they need to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada first, and then legalized at the consular section of the embassy of UAE in Ottawa. 

VALIDATING DOCUMENTS: FOR EDUCATION 

If you’re planning on studying in one of the prestigious universities in UAE, you will have to validate your Canadian university degree. Whether your degree is from the University of Toronto, McGill University or Queen’s University, such fine school’s transcripts and degrees can become targets of forgery. As such, the embassy is very meticulous with legalization. You must make sure that no discrepancies can be found between the documents submitted by you and your university.

The good news are that the signatures on the degrees are usually recognized by Global Affairs Canada. The degrees are then automatically ready to be authenticated by the GAC and legalized by the UAE’s consular section. Sometimes, certain degrees will require extra steps. In those cases, your university will need to provide some additional documents, such as transcripts or your academic files. This can be hard to keep track of when going through the process yourself, so we are here to help! If you’re in a hurry, we offer rush service, where you’ll get your documents authenticated and legalized in just 2 business days!

VALIDATING CANADIAN DOCUMENTS: FOR EMPLOYMENT  

When joining the United Arab Emirates workforce, there’s a difference between non-corporate documents and corporate documents. Non-corporate documents include “vital statistics”. They’re simply your birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates and death certificates. You will need the aforementioned if you’re planning to bring your family or spouse with you or if you need to declare single status. They will need to go through the process of authentication and legalization, too. However, there’s no need for notarization, as provincially issued vital statistics signatures are recognized by Global Affairs Canada.

NON-CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT

In addition to submitting your vital statistics, you might have to include a criminal record check. Our experts at LSC Canada recommend obtaining an RCMP police check instead of a local police issued one. An RCMP police check is always more thorough, as it’s based on fingerprints. It’s also globally recognized, including Global Affairs Canada, meaning that you don’t need to spend extra money on hiring a notary to notarize your local police check. This also saves you time, as the GAC may take up to 20 business days to process your documents. If you wish to speed the process along, we will be more than happy to oblige with our three different offered service times. Always double check to see if you have all the required documents!

Don’t forget to notarize any existing doctors notes or letters regarding prescription medication. Notarization is completed by a notary public or a lawyer. Only after you complete this step can you move onto authentication and legalization. 

CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT

The United Arab Emirates are an attractive venue for new or existing corporate businesses. Whether you’re partnering with a business in UAE or expanding your chain, this lush country offers much reward. The documents you need to get authenticated and legalized depend entirely on the requesting party. They may include powers of attorney, certificates of incorporation, various certificates such as SCC, CPP, GMP, ISO, certificates of incorporation, certificates of origins, commercial invoices, tax residency letters, permits, etc. In addition to the two-step authentication and legalization process, a lawyer or a notary public must validate your documents. Notarization is often a prerequisite for apostille. If you’re unsure about any of these steps, don’t hesitate to contact us and an agent will be with you shortly!

NEED HELP? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

It can be difficult to keep track of all the demands of the UAE Embassy as a client! We understand more than anyone, especially if this is your first time having to authenticate and legalize your documents. Our experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada have more than 10 years of experience with document authentication and legalization. We’re always working tirelessly to ensure the easiest process for you! Our client’s 5 star reviews will assure you of our quality, reliable and fast service, and our solid interpersonal relations with each embassies and consulates in Ottawa and Canada will provide you further confidence.

Diverse Mexico: Authentication and Legalization of your documents for your trip to Mexico

Mexico is one of the biggest trading partners of Canada, with the United States joining the two to form CUSMA. It’s no surprise, then, that many Canadians seek opportunities in this southern country. The beautiful sandy beaches remain a popular wedding destination, as well as a retirement location. Work opportunities, personal or corporate, are engaging and rewarding. However, there’s no doubt that before you can enjoy Mexico’s warm embrace, you must go through the process of authentication and legalization or document apostille. 

CANADIAN DOCUMENT APOSTILLE: AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION

DEFINTION

What is “apostille”? And why must you do both authentication and legalization of your documents? This all due to the Hague agreement or Apostille Convention, which Canada hasn’t signed. Canadian documents need to go through two levels of authentication and legalization. This means that in order for your documents to be valid and usable in Mexico, they need to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada first, and then legalized at the consular section of the Mexican embassy in Ottawa. 

 AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR MEXICO

Depending on the reason for your visit to Mexico, different documents will be required to go through the authentication process. For example, birth certificates and marriage certificates for those who wish to marry there, pension documents for retirement, tax residency letters, powers of attorney for personal work, and certificates of incorporation for corporate work. This list is no way complete, however. Always double check with the Mexican embassy to ensure that you have all of them. In the case for corporate work, partnering companies usually produce the full list of required documents for you.

PROCESSING TIMES

Always make sure that you’re aware of processing times. Global Affairs Canada can take up to 20 business days to authenticate your documents, sometimes even longer. Each embassy has their own requirements, such as notarization before authentication, and more. For someone who is unfamiliar with the process of apostille, this can be very confusing and hard to follow. We, at LSC Canada, are here for you every step of the way. With our rush service, we can get your documents authenticated and legalized in just 2 business days! Tight deadlines are not a problem for our experienced agents, with more than 10 years of experience in the world of Canadian document apostille.  

CANADIAN CORPORATE DOCUMENTS: APOSTILLE, AUTHENTICATION & LEGALIZATION  

In Mexico, emphasis has been put on the democratization of health care in the recent years, with the quality of said healthcare increasing. Thus, Mexico became an attractive place for expansion and/or partnership of pharmaceutical and other health-related companies. If you’re venturing for a corporate business opportunity, the documents you need to get authenticated and legalized depend entirely on the requesting party. They may include powers of attorney, certificates of incorporation, various certificates such as SCC, CPP, GMP, ISO, certificates of incorporation, certificates of origins, commercial invoices, tax residency letters, permits, etc. In addition to the two-step authentication and legalization process, a lawyer or a notary public must validate your documents. Notarization is often a prerequisite for apostille. If you’re unsure about any of these steps, don’t hesitate to contact us and an agent will be with you shortly!

CANADIAN DOCUMENTS: PERSONAL WORK IN MEXICO

The documents needed for non-corporate (personal) work are different from corporate documents. In fact, they include “vital statistics”. They’re simply your birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates and death certificates. You will need the aforementioned if you’re planning to retire or to marry in Mexico, as well. They will need to go through the process of authentication and legalization. However, Global Affairs Canada recognizes the signatures in the provincially issued vital statistics, so there’s no need for notarization.

CANADIAN DOCUMENTS FOR RETIREMENT IN MEXICO

If you’re planning to retire in Mexico, in addition to submitting your vital statistics, you will have to include a criminal record check and proof of pension. Our experts at LSC Canada recommend obtaining an RCMP police check instead of a local police issued one. An RCMP police check is always more thorough, as it’s based on fingerprints. Global Affairs Canada recognizes the check, meaning that clients don’t need to spend extra money on hiring a notary. This also saves you time, as the GAC may take up to 20 business days to process your documents. If you wish to speed the process along, we will be more than happy to oblige with our three different offered service times. Always double check to see if you have all the required documents. If you’ve ever lived or worked in Mexico, you may be eligible for certain pension benefits. This information can be found here.

CANADIAN DOCUMENTS FOR WEDDINGS IN MEXICO

If you’re planning to marry in Mexico, firstly, you picked a beautiful place! Secondly, clients need to authenticate and legalize marriage certificates, in addition to vital statistics. Always refer back to the Mexican embassy for a comprehensive list of all you need for the ceremony. If you were born in Canada, widowed, divorced, or born abroad, you’ll also have to submit a Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad. You must directly request for this document, and then authenticate it. If you don’t know how or where to start, don’t hesitate to contact us! 

NEED HELP? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

It can be difficult to keep track of all the demands of the Mexican Embassy as a client! We understand more than anyone, especially if this is your first time having to authenticate and legalize your documents. Our experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada (LSC Canada) have more than 10 years of experience with document authentication and legalization of Canadian documents, so we’re always working tirelessly to ensure the easiest process for you. Our client’s 5 star reviews will assure you of our quality, reliable and fast service, and our solid interpersonal relations with each embassies and consulates in Ottawa and Canada will provide you further confidence.

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