Whether you are getting married in Mexico, working in the UAE, travelling to Korea to teach English, conducting business in China, registering a patent in Germany, incorporating a company in Thailand, or engaging in any number of activities outside of Canada, you will be required to provide certain documents to the foreign authorities.
You may be asked for certified copies of your diploma, your college transcripts, your birth certificate, marriage license, passport, or business license. You may also be asked to provide notarized translations of your documents, along with an apostille certificate.
The word “apostille” is French for “certification” and is used in 69 countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (1961).
Unfortunately, Canada is not part of the Hague Convention, and thus, no apostilles are issued in Canada.
Canada does, however, have a process that is equivalent to an apostille. It consists of three steps: notarization + authentication + legalization. In order to be accepted in a foreign jurisdiction, documents originating in Canada must go through all three steps.
Red Seal Notary can help.
For many people, the authentication and legalization process can be confusing, cumbersome and time consuming, especially if you are unable to travel to the authentication department or to the embassy or consulate of the country that requires your documents.
But with Red Seal Notary on the case, you can relax. We are authentication and legalization experts.
We will ensure your documents are properly notarized or certified, translated (if necessary), and then hand delivered to the relevant authentication and legalization authorities. Once this process is complete, your documents will be safely couriered back to you.
We look forward to assisting you.