Embassy Consulate Legalization Services
Document legalization at a foreign embassy or consulate is the second step in making Canadian documents valid for use in non-Hague Apostille countries. This process takes place at the consular section of the foreign embassy and must only be completed after the first step of authentication has been carried out. Authentication is done on the provincial or federal level by Global Affairs Canada depending on the requirements. To be accepted for legalization, most embassies have strict requirements that change frequently and must be followed correctly to avoid delays or rejection of your document. These requirements may include fees, forms, supporting documents, translations, and specific document bindings. Don't stress, our embassy legalization services provide all the information you need to complete the process.
Legalization: The Final Validation After Authentication
Legalization validates the signatures of the authentication office which is done by the consular section of the foreign embassy in the country where the document is to be used. The process is similar to authentication, which involves verifying the signature of a certified individual on a legal document. The main difference is that Global Affairs Canada authenticates the signatures of lawyers or notary publics, while embassies authenticate the signatures of Global Affairs Canada.
If you're using Canadian documents outside of Canada, legalization by an embassy or consulate is often required. Some countries, such as Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, refer to legalization as attestation. Countries that have signed the Hague Convention may refer to it as Apostille or simply Authentication, such as China.
At Global Document Solutions, we offer assistance with document apostille, attestation, authentication, and legalization at all foreign embassies and consulates in Canada. With 30 years of experience working with the diplomatic community, we have a distinct advantage in ensuring efficient processing of your sensitive documents. We are a recognized leader in our field and the recommended document legalization service provider at embassies or consulates in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Processing time for legalization is dependent on the embassy or consulate and cannot be guaranteed. For current processing time, embassy fee, and specific requirements for legalizing your document, request a personal quote.