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How to make your Canadian document official for use in Portugal

If moving, working, applying for citizenship or doing business in Portugal, you will be asked to have your Canadian documents authenticated and legalized before using them. What does this mean? For a Canadian document to be accepted as being officially valid in Portugal, it must first be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa.

In order for a document to be authenticated, it must first meet requirements set out by Global Affairs Canada that often change and can be confusing to understand. Not to worry about this if you are using our services. Our consultation with you ensures that your document will meet the requirements, this is backed by our service guarantee. Although if you are dealing with Global Affairs Canada directly it will take 50-55 business days for them to respond or conform your document has been received. At ALSC we understand that most do not find this acceptable service so we have solutions and the customer service to get you the answers you need now.

Authentication and Legalization of Canadian documents for use in Portugal is equal to an Apostille

After the document has been authenticated, we are now able to present it to the Embassy of Portugal in Ottawa for legalization. Although the embassy also has rules and requirements, including fees, our consultation with you allows for the quick and trouble free processing of your document. You also may have come across the term Apostille while doing your research. This is the process used in Portugal for the certification of documents for international use. This is because Portugal has signed the Hague Apostille Agreement although Canada has not. The important thing to remember is that Authentication and Legalization is the equivalent to Apostille. Once your document is authenticated and legalized it is the equivalent to an Apostille in Portugal.

Official Canadian Birth, Marriage, Police Certificates for Portugal

Your document requirements will depend on what you are doing in Portugal. The best is to consult with your in-country contact or professional that is helping you. You may require your Canadian birth certificate, marriage certificate, police criminal record check, educational documents or if doing business your corporation documents. Whatever the case you let us know what documents you require we take care of the rest. As happens, you may also be required to provide a translation of your Canadian document into Portuguese. As Canada’s one stop authentication and legalization services, we contract daily with several translation firms to give you the best price and service.

If you need Authentication and Legalization or information about Apostille in Portugal we can help,

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