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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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Document Authentication and Legalization for Acquiring a Russian Citizenship for your Canadian-Born Children

Regardless of where your children are born, they can enjoy dual citizenship of your country via naturalization. Sometimes, authentication and legalization of documents is required to confirm this status.  Naturalization is the process where a non-citizen can acquire citizenship of a country. While there are several avenues through which a person may acquire citizenship with this method, having a parent be a national of a country prior to a child’s birth is one of the simplest. The child may acquire citizenship of that country too. Other requirements are also in place to ensure that they can obtain this formal status. Such is the scenario for Russian Canadians who have Canadian-born children. These children are Canadian nationals by birth, but also enjoy Russian citizenship via their parent’s Russian status.

Russian Citizenship: A Quick Requirement List

The Russian government acknowledges that Canadian-born children born to Russian parent(s) are automatically Russian citizens as well. This is true even if only one of the child’s parents holds Russian citizenship while the other is a foreigner. However, in order for the child to obtain this citizenship formally via documentation, they must complete an application process. This is important because if they were to visit Russia, they would require a Russian passport and any visa application would be denied due to their automatic Russian national status. In order to obtain the passport, the individual, or parents of children under the age of 18, must submit the following documents to the Russian embassy in Ottawa:

  • An application to verify the child’s Russian citizenship
  • Translated, notarized, and authenticated copy of the child’s Canadian birth certificate
  • If one of the parents is a non-Russian, then a notarized statement of consent from the non-Russian parent (for children under the age of 18)
  • Processing and shipping fees
  • Passport photos for the child

Some other documents that may also be required:

  • Passport photos for the applying parent
  • Notarized, authenticated and legalized copies of the parent’s residency document (Canadian permanent residency card, Canadian passport, long-term visa, etc.).

What Needs To Be Done?

Before submitting your documents to the Russian government, authenticate and legalize them. With that done, you will clear your citizenship verification and get your Russian passport. Complete details of the process can be found on the website of the Russian Embassy in Ottawa here.

You must submit these documents (especially the birth certificate) alongside your application. You must translate, authenticate, and legalize them in order to meet the requirements of the Russian government. First, translate the certificate, then you have to  notarize with a notary public. Following this, the documents must be sent to Globalization Service Centre (GAC), which is a Canadian government body responsible for all document authentication in Canada. Here, your documents and the signatures on them will be verified for accuracy and trueness. Once they meet the standards set forth by GAC, GAC will place their large red stamp on them signifying that they have been authenticated. Then, the Russian Embassy in Ottawa will legalize them. They  will verify that the GAC stamp is authentic and that the application meets all the document requirements, legalizing it.

How We Can Help With Russian Citizenship

While the process of authentication and legalization can be conducted by anyone, it is best to entrust a professional such as Legalization Service Centre. This is because processing time and length can be significantly reduced when the documents are processed by professionals who are well networked within GAC and embassies in Ottawa. Legalization Service Centre’s office is conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa, proximate to GAC and nearby foreign embassies. Whereas it may take an individual up to a month to complete authentication with GAC, we can have your documents processed via expedited next-day service or within weeks for regular processing time.

Having your child obtain their Russian citizenship status and passport can be an exciting step. Let us help you with the process to make the process as convenient and time-efficient as possible! Give us a call to talk to one of our professionals anytime at 1-800-857-1215.

 

 

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How to Get Canadian Documents Legalized for Use in Russia

Foreign governments and organizations often require legalization of documents before acknowledging them.

Should you intend to travel for work, study or carry out any form of business in Russia, you need your Canadian documents to get legalized for use in Russia. For the documents to be recognized in Russia, they are required to pass through a three stage validation process known as notarization, authentication and legalization through diplomatic channels. This process is sort of equivalent to the Apostille therefore this legal practice often confuses many people since it looks obscured to them. Without knowing all aspects of the legalization process, one can waste not only her valuable time, but also a lot of money.

Recently, a Canadian lady who received a job offer to teach in Russia was required her university degree legalized in order to apply for a work visa permit. Unfortunately, her documents were not processed due to non adherence to the requirements set by the governments of two countries. The process which in theory seemed straightforward became complicated in practice. She was at the point of giving up the process when she was lucky to meet one of the LSC’s numerous clients who got similar documents legalized for use in Russia. She decided to hire LSC as well to do the work for her and was very joyful as LSC has authenticated and legalized her educational documents for use in Russia at very short time.

If you need your Canadian documents to be used in Russia, you should entrust this task to the experienced and knowledgeable service provider as Legalization Service Centre.

The strong working relationship which exists between Legalization Service Centre and the Russian Consular offices in Canada guarantees your speedy process of authenticating and legalizing your documents so that they can be legal and valid for use in Russia.

Canadian documents can be legalized for use in Russia within 5 days. Please contact LSC for more information.