How to Authenticate and Legalize CRA Certificate of Residency for Use Outside Canada

If you are conducting business outside of Canada and earning income, you may be required to pay taxes on that income. To reduce or eliminate this tax, you may need to apply for a Certificate of Residency that can be used in any country with which Canada has a tax treaty. To learn more about how to apply for a certificate of residency, visit the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) information page.

Notarization of CRA Certificate of Residency

Once you have obtained your certificate, it will need to be notarized, which we can assist you with. Additionally, in order to use the Certificate of Residency outside of Canada, it must be authenticated and legalized, which is equivalent to an Apostille Certificate depending on the country in which you will be using it. Global Affairs Canada will authenticate a CRA Certificate of Residency once it has been notarized, but they are currently taking 15+ business days if you are dealing with them by mail or courier. Therefore, it is important to get started as soon as possible if time is of the essence. Our authentication services can provide you with the help you need; you can find more information about our services on our website.

Apostille or Legalization of CRA Certificate of Residency

In order for the Certificate of Residency to be accepted in the destination country after it has been authenticated, it must be legalized. This step must be completed in order for it to be equivalent to an Apostille, as required by countries that have signed the Hague Apostille agreement. Before the embassy will accept the Certificate of Residency for legalization, they may require fees and other documents, but our consultation services can ensure that you are prepared.

To consult with us about the specific requirements for the Apostille, Authentication & Legalization of your CRA Certificate of Residency for use outside Canada, please contact us toll-free at 1-800-336-1132 in North America or request a personalized quote below.