There are many places around the world that are very selective of what they permit anyone to bring into their country, whether prescription drugs, pets, or even select items. Gulf countries such as the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar are just a handful of countries around the world with strict rules when it comes to prescription drugs. If you are a Canadian who is on prescription drugs of any kind and looking to visit or move to the UAE, Kuwait, or Qatar for employment or residency, you will need to provide a document issued by a health practitioner such as a signed prescription and/or a doctor’s letter for use in the UAE, Kuwait, or Qatar. These can be issued by your doctor, psychiatrist, or other healthcare provider who is allowed to prescribe drugs. Once you have this document you cannot simply send it to the UAE, Qatar, or Kuwait. Their authorities will not be able to verify that the person who gave you the prescription is indeed a licensed healthcare provider. As such, you will have to have your doctor’s letter notarized by a Canadian lawyer or notary public. This will make it valid for the process of authentication and legalization, the two step process required to make documents valid for use in countries overseas. Every single Canadian document needs to go through this process if it is to be accepted as legally valid in a foreign country. This process is often referred to as attestation in the Gulf Countries and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Authentication and Legalization of Doctor’s Letter for the UAE, Kuwait, or Qatar
Authentication and legalization can take a very long time to complete. The likelihood of making a mistake and encountering delays is likewise very high. A conservative estimate of how long it takes to process a Canadian document for use overseas without assistance is roughly 25 business days, assuming there are no mistakes along the way. This is mainly because the first step of authentication at Global Affairs Canada can alone take up to 20 business days to complete. Each embassy also has its own processing time, and both steps have a series of requirements that need to be met before they can accept your documents. This can be very confusing and frustrating even if you have gone through the process before. This is because requirements and fees often change over time and processes can likewise be completely modified when an embassy’s consular staff changes every few years. Thankfully there is a very easy way to ensure your prescription documents are properly authenticated and legalized in a timely manner for use in the UAE, Kuwait, or Qatar. With our services you can save up to 20 business days of processing time with our priority same business day authentication service. With our priority same business day service we take your documents to Global Affairs Canada the same day they arrive at our office and present them to their agents for authentication during their limited public hours. Our legalization services save you the headache of maneuvering through dozens of embassy requirements and fees. We are always up to date on changing requirements and fees and are able to quickly resolve any issues which may arise thanks to our close professional relationship with consular staff at the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar embassies. We have provided this service for over 25 years and have served thousands of clients just like yourself. If you are moving to the UAE, Kuwait, or Qatar and have a medical condition which requires prescription drugs or medicine, contact us below.
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Some of our clients require a Notary before Authentication or would like to keep their original document so they request us to make a notarized copy. If this is you simply choose our Notary services. Translation services are required if your document contains a language other than English or French or if you need it translated to the foreign language. If this is you simply send us a scan of the document. We will send you a quote which is determined on a per word basis. If you want a scan of the official stamps on your Authenticated & Legalized document sent to you by email let us know. Make sure if requesting Notary or Digital Copies you choose the number you require.
1, 3, 10 Business Day Authentication Service
Validating a Canadian document for international use is a 2 step process. First choose the ALSC Global Affairs Canada Authentication Service that best suits your timeline and budget. When choosing your service make sure you tell us how many documents you need Authenticated.
Embassy Legalization Fee
The Embassy charges a fee to legalize your document which varies per country and sometimes by the type of document. To make payment easier and to save our clients time, if required in secured funds a standard $10 money order fee will be added to the legalization fee. With some countries we will need to confirm the fee upon confirmation of your order. For others simply select the amount of fees for the number of documents you need legalized. If you do not see your country listed choose the world icon. Please note that some fees are estimated as they change often.
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Embassy Legalization Service
Document legalization at the embassy consulate is the second step. Most will be able to legalize their document at an embassy in Ottawa. Others, due to government rules, will need to legalize their document at an embassy located outside of Ottawa. Country's that require outside Ottawa embassy legalization include: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Italy, Oman, Spain. For the UAE it will depend where your document was issued. The UAE Toronto consulate will only process documents from Toronto and Southern Ontario, while the UAE Embassy Ottawa will legalize documents issued from the rest of Ontario and all other provinces. Select the legalization service that applies to the country where you will be using your document. The estimated legalization processing time is in addition to the authentication time and will be provided upon the confirmation of your order as it varies per country and changes often. Make sure the number of documents you select for Legalization matches the amount of documents you need Authenticated.
ALSC Easy Shipping Solutions
Once your document is authenticated and legalized it needs to get back to you or wherever it needs to go. To make this easy for you, but more importantly save you money, take advantage of our Free Priority FedEx overnight shipping available at any of our ALSC service centers in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal or Halifax. If you are not close to one of our ALSC service centers, or our Ottawa national office, not to worry we do have solutions for you. To make this easier for you we have teamed up with our shipping partners Canada Post & FedEx for your national and international delivery needs, simply choose the shipping solution the works best for you. Please note the quoted shipping fees are for delivery to most major centers for a standard envelope weighing no more than .5kg/1 lb.
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Canada Post Xpress Regional Ontario or Quebec $20 Projected delivery 1-2 business days
Canada Post Xpress National Delivery in Canada $25 Projected delivery 2-3 business days
FedEx Canada $50 Next business day
FedEx USA $70 Next business day
FedEx Mexico- Europe $100
FedEx China $120
FedEx Middle East - South America $140
FedEx Russia $195
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