The term “attestation” is commonly used by countries in the Middle East, and is often associated with educational documents. Attestation is the process used to have a foreign document officially recognized in that country. For example, if you accept a job teaching English in the UAE you will be asked to provide your educational diploma, and will be required to have this diploma attested first.
In Canada the document attestation process is officially called document authentication and legalization. This means that if you have been told that you need to attest your Canadian documents you will actually be authenticating and legalizing these documents. Click on the icons below for more information on each step of the authentication and legalization process.
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The following are answers to the most common questions we get about the document attestation process.
Attestation is a term used in some countries to describe the process of having a document from one country certified so that it will be officially recognized in another country. The official term for the equivalent Canadian process is called document authentication and legalization. Regardless of the terminology used, the process for a Canadian document will involve authentication at Global Affairs Canada and legalization at the embassy or consulate of the destination country.
Attestation, or Document Attestation, is another term commonly used by some foreign countries and their diplomatic missions to describe the process of document authentication and legalization. This is a multi-step process to certify that your Canadian documents can be used abroad. The three steps of the process are:
Document legalization – your documents are legalized by the embassy or consulate of the destination country.
Let us know if you have further questions about the attestation, or authentication and legalization, process. Contact us by calling toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or send us an online enquiry.
Yes! We can certainly help you with “attestation” of your Canadian documents. If you have been asked to attest Canadian documents, you should be aware that in Canada the process does not incorporate the same terminology. The Canadian process is called authentication and legalization. We will help you navigate the requirements of the authentication and legalization process and handle all steps on your behalf.
Attestation is a specific process used in certain foreign countries, commonly the Middle East. It is a similar process of authentication at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then legalization by an embassy or consulate. In essence, it is the same process as authentication and legalization in Canada.
The document authentication and legalization process allows your Canadian documents to be used outside of Canada. It is a multi-step process of documents preparation, document authentication, and document legalization. At each stage of the process your documents are reviewed and if approved can move on to the next step until completed.
For more information, or to discuss your document requirements, feel free to contact our friendly staff. We would happily discuss your documents and how to ensure they meet the criteria of the process.
Yes, you can check the progress of your documents, if you use the services of IDC to manage the authentication and legalization process. Within our proprietary system, we have built in a progress tracker that allows you to monitor the progress of your documents through every stage of the process. By logging in to your workform, you will be able to see which steps have been completed and what will be completed next.
In addition to the progress module that allows you to check the status of your document request, you will also be personally notified by our expert staff when your documents arrive at our office, whether we require any additional documents or information, when your documents have been completed, and finally when they have been shipped to the final destination. It is important to us that you know exactly what is happening with your important documents and when to expect them to be safely returned.
Whether you still have questions, or you want to get started with our services, we encourage you to contact our office. Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011, or send us an online enquiry.
Yes, you can track your documents that you sent through the mail if you used a service that provides you with a tracking number. Some such services are Canada Post registered mail, Canada Post Xpress Post, Canada Post Priority mail, or any professional courier service (i.e. FedEx, Purolator, UPS, DHL).
It is up to you to choose your preferred method of shipping, both to send your documents to our office and for the shipping of your completed documents to their final destination. We always recommend using a traceable method of shipping.
If you would like to discuss your shipping options or prices for the shipping of your documents, feel free to contact our friendly staff. We will happily discuss your shipping options and how to best suit your needs. Contact us today! Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011, or send us an online enquiry.
If you want to process documents in the mail, the length of time it will take will depend on a few factors. For example, how you sent the documents and where you sent the documents will affect the length of processing time.
When handling the document authentication and legalization process (also known as apostille or attestation) by mail, it may up to 4 weeks. This is because Global Affairs Canada has a mail-in processing time of a minimum of up to 15 business days. Once Global Affairs Canada has authenticated your documents, then they can be forwarded to the embassy or consulate of the destination country for the legalization portion of the process. Embassies and Consulates each have their own standard processing times ranging from 1 day to 4 weeks. Note that unexpected delays are occurring more frequently due to COVID restrictions.
If you need to expedite the authentication and legalization process, or simply want someone else to navigate this confusing process for you, we can help! Contact our expert staff for a free detailed quote. We will happily discuss your situation and answer your questions. Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011, or send us a quick online enquiry.
If you bring your documents in person, the processing time for your documents can be faster. However, that depends on a few factors. What factors?
The day of the week – Global Affairs Canada is open Monday to Friday. Therefore, your processing will depend on when they arrive.
Whether your documents been prepared correctly – If the documents do not meet the criteria of Global Affairs Canada, or the Embassy, you will need to start over.
The hours and processing times of the Embassy or Consulate of the destination country – Some embassies close by noon for submissions of documents. Others take several days or weeks to complete the legalization.
Instead, you can either ship or deliver your documents to us, so we can manage the process on your behalf. We would welcome the chance to discuss your situation and answer your questions. Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011, or send us a quick online enquiry.
If your documents are declined while handling the process yourself by mail, you can start over and hope your documents are not rejected again, or hire an authentication and legalization service like ours to handle the process on your behalf. We will help you to prepare the documents so they will not be rejected.
If your documents are declined while we are handling the process on your behalf, we will work quickly to rectify the situation. This is a rare scenario. However, the requirements of the authentication and legalization process can change without notice. Global Affairs Canada, embassies and consulates can and do change their rules and requirements at any time, without prior notice. We will work with you to quickly meet these requirements and get your documents successfully processed.
Whether you are just starting the process, or you have documents that have been declined, we can help! Contact our expert staff to discuss your documents. Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011, or send us a quick online enquiry.
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