In order for a property or Deed document to be valid for use in the United States it first must be Authenticated by Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa. Due to the current times they have limited their service to only mail in with processing times exceeding 50-60 business days. Unfortunately, due to this it makes it impossible for us to offer our 1, 3 or 10-day Authentication Service. So, for now we will only be offering one speed of service based on their current authentication processing times learn more here. To help our clients in Canada we have introduced our Smart Choice service to make our Authentication services more accessible and to save you money.
Once your U.S. property document has been Authenticated by Global Affairs Canada it is now ready for Legalization at the U.S. Embassy also located here in Ottawa. Legalization is the stage where the U.S. Embassy Consulate will verify the seal and signature of Global Affairs Canada. Once satisfied they affix an official certificate with their signature, seal, and the U.S. coat of arms on it. The processing time for Legalization at the U.S. Embassy is usually quick but due to the current times they are operating with a reduced staff so it is taking up to 15 business days.
So, the total processing time to Authenticate and Legalize your land title documents for use in the United States will change depending on the current processing volumes at the time they are submitted. Considering this, its important to get started early to make your closing date happens as some of our clients have unfortunately been given an impossible time line to meet. So key is to start the process early and to get things right the first time so speak with one of our specialist they will be able to advise you on what to do to make your closing date a success.