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 although Authentication Legalization Services Canada has been one of the few firms chosen to be an authorized service provider. Due to the recent COVID operational changes with Global Affairs Canada we are only offering our 10 business day Standard Authentication service. To help our clients in Canada we have introduced our Stay Home, Stay Safe Solution 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 processing time is 15 business days.
So, the total processing time to Authenticate and Legalize your land title documents for use in the United States will be 25 business days. 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.