Authenticating & Legalizing a Canadian Single Status Document
If you live in Canada and are getting married abroad, you may be asked to provide a Single Status document. IDC can help navigate the often confusing process of obtaining and preparing your Single Status document for use in a foreign country. Contact us today – we will discuss your situation and answer any questions you have!
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About the Authentication and Legalization Process
Before your Single Status document can be recognized in a foreign jurisdiction, it will often need to be authenticated and legalized. We specialize in all aspects of the authentication and legalization process and can expedite the processing of your Single Status document. Click below for more information on each of the three steps of the authentication and legalization process. Note that in Canada the terms “apostille” and “attestation” both refer to the document authentication and legalization process. Contact us to clarify exactly what processing is required for your Single Status document.
How We Can Help You
We will help you clarify what type of Single Status document you will need and how to have it accurately prepared. Each country has its own requirements and these may vary depending on your situation. Contact us today – our experts will gladly provide you with a free consultation. Phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick Get Started form.
CANADIAN SINGLE STATUS DOCUMENT
Frequently Asked Questions
The pricing for authenticating and legalizing a Single Status Document will vary depending on a few factors. For example, it may depend on the services you require, the speed of services chosen, and the consular fees at the diplomatic mission of the destination country.
Feel free to contact us, so we can discuss your options with you and give you an idea of the costs involved with the authentication and legalization of your Single Status Document. Contact our friendly specialists to get a quote, or review our pricing page for more general information on our pricing.
If you have been asked to “apostille” your Canadian Single Status Document you should know that the term “apostille” refers to an international certificate called an apostille certificate. The term apostille refers to the Hague Apostille Convention. Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention, making it impossible to obtain an apostille on a Canadian document. In Canada, the process is called authentication and legalization.
We recommend processing an original Single Status Document. In special cases, it may be acceptable to authenticate and legalize a copy of your Single Status Document. However, that will depend on the type of document and should only be done if the recipient in the destination country has advised you to do so.
To authenticate and legalize a copy of your Single Status Document, you will first need a Canadian Notary Public to make what is known as a Certified True Copy of your document.
Yes! There are three types of Single Status Documents that can be issued in Canada and used to support your single status. These three types of Single Status Documents are:
Single Status Declaration
This is a statement or declaration that you make in front of a Canadian Notary Public.
Provincial Marriage Search Certificate
This is a document that can be ordered from your province of residence that states you have not registered a marriage in that province.
Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad
If you have been asked for a Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad, it can be requested from Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. It is based on your Single Status Declaration and citizenship.
We can help you to obtain the appropriate document and assist with the preparation of your Single Status Document. Contact us today!
Whether your Single Status Document needs to be notarized before it can be authenticated and legalized will depend on what type of Single Status Document you have and where it was issued. For example, a provincial marriage search certificate from Ontario will require notarization. However, a provincial marriage search certificate from British Colombia would not need to be notarized. This is because the provinces prepare these differently.
If you have any questions about whether your Single Status Document requires notarization, feel free to contact our friendly specialists. We would welcome the chance to speak with you and help in any way we can.
The process of authenticating and legalizing a Single Status Document involves three steps:
For more information on these steps, click on each step above. We would certainly be happy to walk you through the authentication and legalization of your Single Status Document and answer any questions you have. Contact our expert staff by calling us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011, or send us an online enquiry.
Yes, you will likely need to have your Single Status Document authenticated and legalized to have it officially recognized in a foreign country. To be sure, you should confirm with the authority abroad who has requested the Single Status Document. Requirements can vary by situation, by region, and by agency abroad.
If you are not in a rush and want to handle the process yourself by mail, it will take a minimum of 3 weeks to authenticate and legalize your Single Status Document. Beware that if there are any errors or omissions in the documents, they will be returned to you unprocessed.
Using a service like ours can expedite the process and avoid stressful roadblocks. We remove mailing times and ensure your documents are prepared correctly the first time, avoiding any lengthy delays.
Contact an IDC expert for an estimate on how long it will take to authenticate and legalize your Single Status Document.
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