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Apostille or Authentication – Why and What’s the difference?
Apostille Canada or Authentication of Documents Canada – What’s the difference and why am I being asked to do it are questions that we hear often from our clients. To help explain Canadian documents being used outside the country, for personal or business affairs, must go through the international law two step process of authentication of documents and legalization to make them valid for use. This two step process of authentication and legalization must also be followed in order for a document to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille. We talk more about this in the below as many of our clients have been asked to get an Apostille for their Canadian document only to discover that it’s not possible. The Apostille or Authentication and Legalization process applies to a Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Degree, Police Check, Power of Attorney, Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Origin to name a few official documents that maybe used in a foreign country. As Canada’s first service provider we have helped people for 25 years apostille, authenticate and legalize all types of documents for use internationally, feel free to speak to one of our friendly specialists about yours.
Apostille Canada – The Authentication Legalization Equivalency
Outside of Canada another commonly used method to have a document validated for use internationally is to get an Apostille stamp. This is the process used by any country who has signed the Apostille Convention Agreement. If you want to find out more see our Apostille Canada information page. It outlines how the process is a new way adopted by many countries to validate documents although Canada is still not a member. Since Canada has not signed the Apostille Convention Agreement, it uses the older internationally recognized equivalent that starts with the first step of Authentication of Documents at Global Affairs Canada. The second step of document legalization takes place at the embassy of the country that you will be using the document in. This process still applies to a country who has signed the Apostille agreement.
Apostille Countries Require Authentication of Documents Canada
Here are some of the countries who use the Apostille process and may specifically ask you to get one for your Canadian document. 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 a Canadian Apostille for your document that the two steps of authentication and legalization must be completed in order for it to be accepted as the equivalent. Now that we have covered what an Apostille is and who uses them, lets talk about the authentication of documents in Canada the first step in having a Canadian document accepted internationally.