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Recently, there’s become more and more of a need for individuals to invest in the legalization of documents to be used in other countries for a variety of reasons. The good news is that there are companies that can assist you with the document authentication and legalization process. However, you might be wondering if every authentication and legalization service is the same, so International Documents Canada is here to shed some light on the matter.

What Exactly is Authentication & Legalization?

The document authentication and legalization process is used when a Canadian document needs to be officially recognized in a foreign country. The Canadian document authentication and legalization process is Canada’s equivalent to the international apostille process. In addition, some embassies and consulates refer to document legalization as document “attestation”. If you’ve been told you need to obtain an apostille or attestation on a Canadian document, what you will be doing is authenticating and legalizing the document.

What is the Authentication & Legalization Process?

On the surface, document authentication and legalization seems like a straightforward two-step process. First, a document is authenticated by Global Affairs Canada. It is then legalized by the embassy or consulate of the country the document will be used in. In reality, the document authentication and legalization process can be quite complicated. Every embassy and consulate sets its own unique rules and requirements, and making a mistake in how documents are prepared or submitted often means that the process needs to be restarted from the beginning. Accurately preparing your documents so they meet all requirements is very important to avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls that greatly add to the time and expense of the authentication and legalization process.

What Are the Benefits of Working with an Authentication/Legalization Service?

International Documents Canada is the leading provider of document legalization services in Canada. We legalize documents for thousands of clients every year. Our team keeps detailed information on the changing requirements of Global Affairs Canada and over 200 diplomatic missions located in Canada. Some of the foremost benefits of working with an authentication/legalization service like International Documents Canada include expert assistance in determining whether you have accurately prepared your documents to be legalized, and our knowledge of the fastest and most reliable pathway for your specific document processing needs. We then manage all aspects of the authentication and legalization process for you, returning your processed documents as quickly as possible. Crucially, our experts ensure you don’t make the common mistakes that greatly increase the time and cost of document legalization.

Contact us today for the legalization of documents in Canada!

For more about the authentication and legalization process and our services, contact us online today or call 1 (888) 433-1011.

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