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Without a doubt, this is the most frequent question that we get at ALSC and the simple answer is you cannot get an Apostille for a Canadian document. The question comes up often as many of our clients have been told to get an Apostille for their Canadian document only to find out from us that it’s not possible. The reason it is not possible to get an Apostille stamp in Canada is that Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Certificate Convention. Therefore, the Canadian government does not issue an Apostille to validate documents for international use. If you have been asked to get an Apostille certificate for your Canadian document, it means that it is going to be used in a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement. Before the agreement all countries used the older 2 step Authentication and Legalization processes which has stamps that validate documents for international use, Canada still follows this process as do many other countries.

The important thing to remember is that if you follow the process of the country in which the document has been issued there will be no problems with your document being accepted in another country. In other words, here in Canada for a document to be used internationally it first must be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to our ALSC National Office. Once authentication has taken place the document then needs to be legalized by the embassy in Canada of the country in which the document is going to be used. Once the authentication and legalization processes are complete the document will be accepted for international use or as the equivalent to an Apostille in a country that uses the Apostille process. If you need to have your Canadian document accepted in an Apostille country talk to the experts at ALSC, we are here to help make the process easy for you!

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These countries include Albania, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. It’s important to remember that if you have been asked to get an Apostille for your Canadian document by someone in one of these countries the two steps of authentication and legalization must be completed in order for it to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille.

Since Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention it uses the original process to validate documents for international use called authentication and legalization. Although the Government of Canada has not signed the convention it is currently studying the idea. Responding to a recent Hague Conference questionnaire that it has no projected timeline for an outcome on the study of implementing this new process in Canada. In 2015 Authentication Legalization Services Canada was contacted by Global Affairs Canada about our opinion on the idea of joining the convention. Having experience of working with both the Apostille process and the current authentication legalization method in Canada, we were happy to provide what we saw as the pros and cons of both.

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Yes, Authentication and Legalization Stamps together are equivalent to an Apostille Stamp as they both validate documents for international use. Countries that have not signed the Hague Apostille agreement use Authentication and Legalization Stamps while those countries who have signed the agreement issue an Apostille Stamp.

In Canada, the authentication stamp is done by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to ALSC head office. After verifying the official signature on your document, the authenticating officer will sign their name and apply the official Canadian Government authentication stamp. Now the document is ready for the legalization stamp at the embassy to become legally valid in the destination country, which is the equivalent of an Apostille stamp. The embassy or it’s consulate will verify Global Affairs Canada’s signature and stamp to verify all is correct. If the authentication stamp is correct, the Embassy or Consulate will apply their government stamp and possibly a registration number depending on the country and their process. Now that the document has been authenticated and legalized it is the equivalent to an Apostille stamp is a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement.

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At ALSC, it is our mission to assist our clients with any international document needs that they may have if we can help. In some cases, we may be able to help with your non-Canadian document if we are processing a Canadian document for you using our Authentication and Legalization Services. This is determined on a case by case basis and it is best to speak with one of our experts to find out if we can help you in your case.

Before reaching out to us, we will need to know the type of document that you will be using and what country you will be using the document. In addition, your personal ALSC expert will need to know what Canadian document that you have and what country in which the document will be used. Also, when completed we will need to know where you want the document sent and if you want a digital scan for your records. This will provide your ALSC expert with all that they need to determine if we can assist you because as mentioned it is on a case by case basis that we can help in these situations.

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Yes, we have been helping individuals and corporations for over 25 years with having their Canadian document accepted in a country that uses the Apostille process. Our experts will review your document upon which they will discuss the best way to proceed, saving you time and money from the start. Our ALSC service guarantee also gives you the assurance that your Canadian document will be accepted in an Apostille country.

It’s important to remember just because you are using your Canadian document in an Apostille country does not mean that it needs to have an Apostille Stamp on it to be valid. In fact, if you were to obtain an Apostille Stamp on your Canadian document it would make it invalid for international use. Trust your important international matters to the experts at ALSC, we will ensure that your document meets the destination country’s regulations for Canadian documents. We take the guessing out of the Apostille, Authentication, and Legalization process let us help you with over 25 years of experience.

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Without a doubt, this is the most frequent question that we get at ALSC and the simple answer is you cannot get an Apostille for a Canadian document. The question comes up often as many of our clients have been told to get an Apostille for their Canadian document only to find out from us that it’s not possible. The reason it is not possible to get an Apostille stamp in Canada is that Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Certificate Convention. Therefore, the Canadian government does not issue an Apostille to validate documents for international use. If you have been asked to get an Apostille certificate for your Canadian document, it means that it is going to be used in a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement. Before the agreement all countries used the older 2 step Authentication and Legalization processes which has stamps that validate documents for international use, Canada still follows this process as do many other countries.

The important thing to remember is that if you follow the process of the country in which the document has been issued there will be no problems with your document being accepted in another country. In other words, here in Canada for a document to be used internationally it first must be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to our ALSC National Office. Once authentication has taken place the document then needs to be legalized by the embassy in Canada of the country in which the document is going to be used. Once the authentication and legalization processes are complete the document will be accepted for international use or as the equivalent to an Apostille in a country that uses the Apostille process. If you need to have your Canadian document accepted in an Apostille country talk to the experts at ALSC, we are here to help make the process easy for you!

Category: Apostille FAQ's

At ALSC, it is our mission to assist our clients with any international document needs that they may have if we can help. In some cases, we may be able to help with your non-Canadian document if we are processing a Canadian document for you using our Authentication and Legalization Services. This is determined on a case by case basis and it is best to speak with one of our experts to find out if we can help you in your case.

Before reaching out to us, we will need to know the type of document that you will be using and what country you will be using the document. In addition, your personal ALSC expert will need to know what Canadian document that you have and what country in which the document will be used. Also, when completed we will need to know where you want the document sent and if you want a digital scan for your records. This will provide your ALSC expert with all that they need to determine if we can assist you because as mentioned it is on a case by case basis that we can help in these situations.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

Yes, we have been helping individuals and corporations for over 25 years with having their Canadian document accepted in a country that uses the Apostille process. Our experts will review your document upon which they will discuss the best way to proceed, saving you time and money from the start. Our ALSC service guarantee also gives you the assurance that your Canadian document will be accepted in an Apostille country.

It’s important to remember just because you are using your Canadian document in an Apostille country does not mean that it needs to have an Apostille Stamp on it to be valid. In fact, if you were to obtain an Apostille Stamp on your Canadian document it would make it invalid for international use. Trust your important international matters to the experts at ALSC, we will ensure that your document meets the destination country’s regulations for Canadian documents. We take the guessing out of the Apostille, Authentication, and Legalization process let us help you with over 25 years of experience.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

Yes, Authentication and Legalization Stamps together are equivalent to an Apostille Stamp as they both validate documents for international use. Countries that have not signed the Hague Apostille agreement use Authentication and Legalization Stamps while those countries who have signed the agreement issue an Apostille Stamp.

In Canada, the authentication stamp is done by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to ALSC head office. After verifying the official signature on your document, the authenticating officer will sign their name and apply the official Canadian Government authentication stamp. Now the document is ready for the legalization stamp at the embassy to become legally valid in the destination country, which is the equivalent of an Apostille stamp. The embassy or it’s consulate will verify Global Affairs Canada’s signature and stamp to verify all is correct. If the authentication stamp is correct, the Embassy or Consulate will apply their government stamp and possibly a registration number depending on the country and their process. Now that the document has been authenticated and legalized it is the equivalent to an Apostille stamp is a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

These countries include Albania, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. It’s important to remember that if you have been asked to get an Apostille for your Canadian document by someone in one of these countries the two steps of authentication and legalization must be completed in order for it to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille.

Since Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention it uses the original process to validate documents for international use called authentication and legalization. Although the Government of Canada has not signed the convention it is currently studying the idea. Responding to a recent Hague Conference questionnaire that it has no projected timeline for an outcome on the study of implementing this new process in Canada. In 2015 Authentication Legalization Services Canada was contacted by Global Affairs Canada about our opinion on the idea of joining the convention. Having experience of working with both the Apostille process and the current authentication legalization method in Canada, we were happy to provide what we saw as the pros and cons of both.

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Without a doubt, this is the most frequent question that we get at ALSC and the simple answer is you cannot get an Apostille for a Canadian document. The question comes up often as many of our clients have been told to get an Apostille for their Canadian document only to find out from us that it’s not possible. The reason it is not possible to get an Apostille stamp in Canada is that Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Certificate Convention. Therefore, the Canadian government does not issue an Apostille to validate documents for international use. If you have been asked to get an Apostille certificate for your Canadian document, it means that it is going to be used in a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement. Before the agreement all countries used the older 2 step Authentication and Legalization processes which has stamps that validate documents for international use, Canada still follows this process as do many other countries.

The important thing to remember is that if you follow the process of the country in which the document has been issued there will be no problems with your document being accepted in another country. In other words, here in Canada for a document to be used internationally it first must be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to our ALSC National Office. Once authentication has taken place the document then needs to be legalized by the embassy in Canada of the country in which the document is going to be used. Once the authentication and legalization processes are complete the document will be accepted for international use or as the equivalent to an Apostille in a country that uses the Apostille process. If you need to have your Canadian document accepted in an Apostille country talk to the experts at ALSC, we are here to help make the process easy for you!

Category: Apostille FAQ's

At ALSC, it is our mission to assist our clients with any international document needs that they may have if we can help. In some cases, we may be able to help with your non-Canadian document if we are processing a Canadian document for you using our Authentication and Legalization Services. This is determined on a case by case basis and it is best to speak with one of our experts to find out if we can help you in your case.

Before reaching out to us, we will need to know the type of document that you will be using and what country you will be using the document. In addition, your personal ALSC expert will need to know what Canadian document that you have and what country in which the document will be used. Also, when completed we will need to know where you want the document sent and if you want a digital scan for your records. This will provide your ALSC expert with all that they need to determine if we can assist you because as mentioned it is on a case by case basis that we can help in these situations.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

Yes, we have been helping individuals and corporations for over 25 years with having their Canadian document accepted in a country that uses the Apostille process. Our experts will review your document upon which they will discuss the best way to proceed, saving you time and money from the start. Our ALSC service guarantee also gives you the assurance that your Canadian document will be accepted in an Apostille country.

It’s important to remember just because you are using your Canadian document in an Apostille country does not mean that it needs to have an Apostille Stamp on it to be valid. In fact, if you were to obtain an Apostille Stamp on your Canadian document it would make it invalid for international use. Trust your important international matters to the experts at ALSC, we will ensure that your document meets the destination country’s regulations for Canadian documents. We take the guessing out of the Apostille, Authentication, and Legalization process let us help you with over 25 years of experience.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

Yes, Authentication and Legalization Stamps together are equivalent to an Apostille Stamp as they both validate documents for international use. Countries that have not signed the Hague Apostille agreement use Authentication and Legalization Stamps while those countries who have signed the agreement issue an Apostille Stamp.

In Canada, the authentication stamp is done by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to ALSC head office. After verifying the official signature on your document, the authenticating officer will sign their name and apply the official Canadian Government authentication stamp. Now the document is ready for the legalization stamp at the embassy to become legally valid in the destination country, which is the equivalent of an Apostille stamp. The embassy or it’s consulate will verify Global Affairs Canada’s signature and stamp to verify all is correct. If the authentication stamp is correct, the Embassy or Consulate will apply their government stamp and possibly a registration number depending on the country and their process. Now that the document has been authenticated and legalized it is the equivalent to an Apostille stamp is a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

These countries include Albania, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. It’s important to remember that if you have been asked to get an Apostille for your Canadian document by someone in one of these countries the two steps of authentication and legalization must be completed in order for it to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille.

Since Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention it uses the original process to validate documents for international use called authentication and legalization. Although the Government of Canada has not signed the convention it is currently studying the idea. Responding to a recent Hague Conference questionnaire that it has no projected timeline for an outcome on the study of implementing this new process in Canada. In 2015 Authentication Legalization Services Canada was contacted by Global Affairs Canada about our opinion on the idea of joining the convention. Having experience of working with both the Apostille process and the current authentication legalization method in Canada, we were happy to provide what we saw as the pros and cons of both.

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Questions about the Authentication and Legalization Process?

Without a doubt, this is the most frequent question that we get at ALSC and the simple answer is you cannot get an Apostille for a Canadian document. The question comes up often as many of our clients have been told to get an Apostille for their Canadian document only to find out from us that it’s not possible. The reason it is not possible to get an Apostille stamp in Canada is that Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Certificate Convention. Therefore, the Canadian government does not issue an Apostille to validate documents for international use. If you have been asked to get an Apostille certificate for your Canadian document, it means that it is going to be used in a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement. Before the agreement all countries used the older 2 step Authentication and Legalization processes which has stamps that validate documents for international use, Canada still follows this process as do many other countries.

The important thing to remember is that if you follow the process of the country in which the document has been issued there will be no problems with your document being accepted in another country. In other words, here in Canada for a document to be used internationally it first must be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to our ALSC National Office. Once authentication has taken place the document then needs to be legalized by the embassy in Canada of the country in which the document is going to be used. Once the authentication and legalization processes are complete the document will be accepted for international use or as the equivalent to an Apostille in a country that uses the Apostille process. If you need to have your Canadian document accepted in an Apostille country talk to the experts at ALSC, we are here to help make the process easy for you!

Category: Apostille FAQ's

At ALSC, it is our mission to assist our clients with any international document needs that they may have if we can help. In some cases, we may be able to help with your non-Canadian document if we are processing a Canadian document for you using our Authentication and Legalization Services. This is determined on a case by case basis and it is best to speak with one of our experts to find out if we can help you in your case.

Before reaching out to us, we will need to know the type of document that you will be using and what country you will be using the document. In addition, your personal ALSC expert will need to know what Canadian document that you have and what country in which the document will be used. Also, when completed we will need to know where you want the document sent and if you want a digital scan for your records. This will provide your ALSC expert with all that they need to determine if we can assist you because as mentioned it is on a case by case basis that we can help in these situations.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

Yes, we have been helping individuals and corporations for over 25 years with having their Canadian document accepted in a country that uses the Apostille process. Our experts will review your document upon which they will discuss the best way to proceed, saving you time and money from the start. Our ALSC service guarantee also gives you the assurance that your Canadian document will be accepted in an Apostille country.

It’s important to remember just because you are using your Canadian document in an Apostille country does not mean that it needs to have an Apostille Stamp on it to be valid. In fact, if you were to obtain an Apostille Stamp on your Canadian document it would make it invalid for international use. Trust your important international matters to the experts at ALSC, we will ensure that your document meets the destination country’s regulations for Canadian documents. We take the guessing out of the Apostille, Authentication, and Legalization process let us help you with over 25 years of experience.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

Yes, Authentication and Legalization Stamps together are equivalent to an Apostille Stamp as they both validate documents for international use. Countries that have not signed the Hague Apostille agreement use Authentication and Legalization Stamps while those countries who have signed the agreement issue an Apostille Stamp.

In Canada, the authentication stamp is done by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section located in Ottawa close to ALSC head office. After verifying the official signature on your document, the authenticating officer will sign their name and apply the official Canadian Government authentication stamp. Now the document is ready for the legalization stamp at the embassy to become legally valid in the destination country, which is the equivalent of an Apostille stamp. The embassy or it’s consulate will verify Global Affairs Canada’s signature and stamp to verify all is correct. If the authentication stamp is correct, the Embassy or Consulate will apply their government stamp and possibly a registration number depending on the country and their process. Now that the document has been authenticated and legalized it is the equivalent to an Apostille stamp is a country that has signed the Hague Apostille agreement.

Category: Apostille FAQ's

These countries include Albania, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. It’s important to remember that if you have been asked to get an Apostille for your Canadian document by someone in one of these countries the two steps of authentication and legalization must be completed in order for it to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille.

Since Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention it uses the original process to validate documents for international use called authentication and legalization. Although the Government of Canada has not signed the convention it is currently studying the idea. Responding to a recent Hague Conference questionnaire that it has no projected timeline for an outcome on the study of implementing this new process in Canada. In 2015 Authentication Legalization Services Canada was contacted by Global Affairs Canada about our opinion on the idea of joining the convention. Having experience of working with both the Apostille process and the current authentication legalization method in Canada, we were happy to provide what we saw as the pros and cons of both.

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