Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
It is common to be asked for an apostille on your Canadian documents to be used in Brazil. It may be a requirement for commercial, educational or immigration purposes.
What is an Apostille?
Under the Hague Apostille Convention, signatory countries of this treaty have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries, providing those documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille“. An apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid or legal in all other signatory countries.
Canada is not a signatory to this Hague Convention. The equivalent Canadian process is called authentication and legalization.
How to authenticate and legalize documents for Brazil?
The authentication and legalization process for Brazil involves having your documents authenticated by the appropriate provincial office. Next, they must be legalized at the appropriate Embassy or Consulate of Brazil.
List of provincial authentication offices across Canada:
|Manitoba||Prince Edward Island|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||Saskatchewan|
Consular jurisdiction with the diplomatic missions of Brazil in Canada are quite strict. The origin of your documents will determine what diplomatic mission holds jurisdiction over your documents. In addition to the consular jurisdiction, you should be aware that diplomatic missions of Brazil do not accept or use courier services. Documents not submitted in person must be sent by Xpress Post or Priority Post.