A little known process with many names

Published on Friday, May 8, 2015

You may hear many different terms used to describe a little known process required for Canadian documents to be used in a foreign country. In fact, unless you are working or relocating abroad, chances are you will never hear about this process.

Some of the most commonly used terms for this process are apostille, attestation, ratification, verification, authentication, and legalization. Each of these terms refers to a specific process that your Canadian documents must go through in order to be recognized abroad. In Canada, the correct terms for the process are authentication and legalization.

For further information on the authentication and legalization process itself, take a look at this helpful article “What is authentication and legalization?

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