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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Validating a Canadian document for international use is a 2 step process. For the first step choose the ALSC Authentication Service that best suits your timeline and budget. As Global Affairs Canada’s temporary rules make it impossible for any service provider to offer same day Authentication, for now we will only be offering our 3 and 10 business day services. To help, we have introduced our ALSC Smart Choice Service to make our Authentication service the most convenient in Canada but more importantly saving you money. When choosing your service make sure you Click the amount of documents you need Authenticated.
The Embassy charges a fee per document which varies per country and sometimes by document type. When required in secured funds a standard $10 money order charge will be added. With some countries we will need to confirm the fee. If you do not see your country listed choose the world icon. Make sure to Click the number of documents you selected for Legalization.
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Embassy Legalization Service
Legalization at the embassy consulate is the second step. Processing times vary and are in addition to the authentication time. Make sure you Click the number of documents for Legalization that matches the number of documents you selected for Authentication.
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Once your document is completed it needs to get back to you or wherever it needs to go. Simply choose the shipping solution that 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.
I chose the ALSC Smart Choice 3 Business Day Authentication FedEx pick up & delivery within Canada included
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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Thank you for using the Authentication Legalization Services Canada Inc. (ALSC) quote estimator we look forward to providing you a free no obligation quote for services. This estimate is an approximation and is not guaranteed or promised by ALSC. The estimate is based on information provided by the client and the requirements of Global Affairs Canada and the various foreign countries that may change without notice. Actual cost may or will change once all the project elements are finalized with the client. Prior to any changes of cost, the client will be notified.
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