Authentication requirements at the Department of Foreign Affairs

Published on Friday, August 7, 2015

In order to have your Canadian documents recognized abroad, they will need to be authenticated and legalized. Authentication being the first step of the process. The authentication process involves having your Canadian documents stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD).

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD) has very specific requirements for the authentication of documents (for the full list please visit their website). Once such requirement is that any document containing a language other than English or French, whole or in part, must be signed and sealed by a certified translator and then notarized by a Canadian Notary Public.

You should also be aware that the current processing time at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD) if you submit your documents to by mail is five weeks.

Since we are located in downtown Ottawa, we can have your documents authenticated in as little as one day! Using our service will save you weeks of processing time and ensure your documents have been prepared correctly.

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