Ratification – Apostille – Attestation – Authentification – Certification – Authentication – Legalization

Published on Thursday, February 6, 2014

You may hear several different terms used to describe the process required to have your Canadian documents legalized for use abroad. Different embassies refer to the process in different ways. Some of the most common are apostille, attestation, ratification, authentification, certification, authentication, and legalization.

Ratification is one of many terms that is used to describe the authentication and legalization process and is commonly used by the Cultural Bureau of Saudi Arabia (the office that processes Canadian educational degrees/diplomas) as well as the Syrian Arab Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For further information on the authentication and legalization process take a look at this helpful article “Apostille Services Explained”.

We work with Foreign Affairs and over 200 diplomatic missions to process personal and commercial documents. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD) and each diplomatic mission have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of Canadian documents.

Here are a few things to consider:

• Does your document have to be an original?
• Will the document require notarization?
• Do you require a translation to accompany your document?
• Are there other supporting documents that are required?

International Documents Canada will process your documents for you often in as little as one day, saving you several weeks of processing time.

Call us toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or visit us at idocscanada.ca .

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