Understanding Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services

The Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section office in Ottawa is the only federal office in Canada that provides authentication of documents that is widely accepted by embassies. Although some provinces have authentication of document offices, their validation on a document may not be accepted by most embassy consulates. Foreign countries generally require the Global Affairs Canada authentication stamp before they will accept a document for legalization. In the rare case where a country does require a provincial authentication stamp, one of the experienced agents at Global Document Solutions can clarify this with clients during their consultation.

Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section in Ottawa

After authentication has been completed at Global Affairs Canada, clients will be ready for the second step of document legalization at the embassy consulate, also known as Attestation or Apostille in some countries. As Global Affairs Canada does not have an authentication of documents office outside of Ottawa, Global Document Solutions's service centers in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal, and Halifax offer a quick and safe solution for those who are not in Ottawa.

Provincial Authentication of Document Offices vs. Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section

Clients have a few choices to authenticate their documents at Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section if they are not in Ottawa. They can deal with Global Affairs Canada by mail or courier, which takes 15+ business days until the document is received back. If using this method, Global Affairs Canada cannot confirm that they have received or completed the request until 25-30 business days have passed. If using Global Document Solutions's services, clients can save time and expense. One other important thing to remember, if clients are currently outside of Canada, is that Global Affairs Canada cannot return their document by international courier, so they will need to make other arrangements. Global Document Solutions provides international courier solutions on their Document Shipping Made Easy page allowing for delivery anywhere in the world.

Global Document Solutions: A Quick and Safe Solution

As Canada's first Authentication and Legalization service, Global Document Solutions has helped people have their documents accepted in countries like China, Colombia, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, Spain, United States. Clients can begin and complete the process from their home or office from anywhere in the world. The first step is to have an experienced agent review your document and confirm that it is ready to be authenticated at Global Affairs Canada. Once the document is reviewed and is ready for authentication, the process can begin.

Benefits of Using Global Document Solutions

After the document is ready for authentication at Global Affairs Canada, a personal agent will assist clients with shipping it to our national headquarters in Ottawa. They can use one of the recognized carriers, their preferred method, or drop it off at one of the Global Document Solutions service centers in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal, or Halifax.

Speak with us today about how we can help you with the authentication of your important international document at Global Affairs Canada.