3 step process to get the equivalent to an Apostille in Canada
Step 1 – It is important that your document is properly prepared for the process. The best way before starting is to speak with one of our experts. The requirements are dependent on the type document as it may require notarization, translation or supporting documents.
Step 2 – Once your document has been prepared it is ready for authentication at Global Affairs Canada located here in Ottawa. Their role is to verify that the official signature on your document is valid by checking in their registry. Once verified they affix their stamp, seal, and official signature on it.
Step 3 – Then the document is ready for legalization although some countries may call it attestation. This step is when the signature of Global Affairs Canada is verified by the consular agent at the embassy of the country where the document needs to be used. Once satisfied they will affix the countries legalization stamp and possibly a registration number. Now the Canadian document is ready for use in an Apostille country.
It is important to remember just because you are using your Canadian document in a foreign country does not mean that it needs to have an Apostille Certificate for it to be legally valid. In fact, if you were to obtain an Apostille Certificate for 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 requirements for Canadian documents. We take the guessing out of the process contact us today!