The end of the year is approaching quickly with Global Affairs Canada not working full time due to Covid-19 restrictions delays are beginning due to the usual higher than normal number of requests at this time of the year. Unfortunately for some getting a document validated internationally using the normal methods will be impossible this year. But for others our team of experts at ALSC has options to get things done to meet your year end time line but you must act fast as each day counts down towards the day we will be unable to complete it this year but certainly do so for you in 2021. To get started let us talk more about the process to get your Canadian document validate for use abroad.
Global Affairs Canada Authentication Delays? Not To Worry ALSC Has Solutions For You
As you may already know, if you have a Canadian document that you need to use in a country other than Canada, it will have to go through a process of validation that makes it legally valid for use in a foreign country. You may have heard of terms like apostille or attestation but Canada uses another process that is equivalent or equal to an apostille an attestation. This process is known as authentication and legalization and it is equivalent to the apostille because it was the process used by apostille countries prior to the Hague Apostille convention, which Canada has not signed. The first step of authentication takes place at Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa and the second step of legalization takes place at the embassy of the country in which you will be using your Canadian documents. Most of these embassies are also located in Ottawa and larger countries tend to have consulates across major cities in Canada as well.
Holiday Season Embassy Consulate Closures and Slow Downs
Legalization at the embassy is the more difficult step of the two. There are additional fees, requirements, and processing times which are subject to change. What is also difficult to account for are the various holidays and closures at an embassy which often cause delays. This year due to the current restrictions we expect many if not all with not be operating during the holidays. In past during the holiday season although the embassy consulate have been open the official who signs the documents is away enjoying the holidays delaying it till into the new year. That is why we encourage our clients to start the authentication and legalization process well before the holiday closures to prevent any unexpected delays.
ALSC 2020 Holiday Season Office Closures
Here at ALSC we will be processing documents and assisting clients up until Wednesday December 23rd at 5:00PM EST. After which our offices will be closed during the holidays on the below dates although deliveries will be accepted at our Ottawa national office. Due to the trying year it’s been for the ALSC team, working through out the shut down as an essential service, for the first time in our history we will be taking a few extra days off so the ALSC team can enjoy the holidays with their family and friends getting rested up to serve you in the New Year!
- ALSC Family Holiday – Thursday December 24th
- Christmas Day – Friday December 25th
- In lieu of Boxing Day Holiday – Monday December 28th
- ALSC Family Holiday – Tuesday December 29th
- ALSC Family Holiday – Wednesday December 30th
- ALSC Family Holiday– Thursday December 31st
- New Year’s Day – Friday January 1st
If you need your Canadian document validated for international use this year do not delay speak to one of our ALSC experts about your options time is running out for 2020!