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Document Attestation in Canada

What is document attestation?

A stamp and signature that attest to the document’s legitimacy and recognition are known as an document attestation.

To summarize the procedure, in order to get your document attestation, it must be seen and stamped by the country that issued it as well as the foreign country where you intend to use it.

Often, in order to use your documents overseas, you will need to comply with document attestation requirements.

However, not all countries use the term “attestation.” In the United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern and South Asian nations, it is more widely used.

In Canada, the officially recognized term for document attestation is an apostille. It is a new procedure for Canada that takes the place of authentication and legalization.

The document attestation process  get your document ready for use internationally. The steps you need to take vary depending on the country that issued your document and the country in which you intend to use it. The procedure can be a little complicated and may require the assistance of a notary public, government agencies, embassies, and translators.

Why is attesting my document necessary?

You must provide proof of the authenticity and legality of your documents to the government or institutions of the country you are moving to, whether it be for employment, education, or another reason.

Document attestation verifies your credentials by making your document legally binding.

It’s a mandatory requirement in certain circumstances, including when applying for a job or admittance to a university.

How do I attest documents for use outside Canada?

As we previously stated, an apostille takes the role of the attestation process in Canada.

We will guide you through the process of obtaining an apostille so you know exactly what is needed.

Not just Canada uses apostille; all signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention  follow to this procedure.

Documents that need to be attested must first be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and the legalized (attested) by the foreign embassy that requesting the attestation.

Which country will be asking for document attestation?

The country that uses the document attestation term is;

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • Oman
  • Kuwait
  • U.A.E (United Arab Emirates)
Steps for Document attestation for use outside Canada

In short, in Canada, an attestation is known as an apostille. In order to prepare your Canadian documents for usage overseas, you need to do two steps:

Step 1: Get your documents ready. This might need to be done in two more steps: translation and notarization.

Step 2: The document is apostilled (attested) by Global Affairs Canada or provincially authorized authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

You will need to look for an alternative to an apostille if the country in which you plan to use your document is not a signatory to the Hague Convention.

Does the attestation of my document expires?

Attestations do not expire. But, every country retains the right, at its own discretion, to request a fresh attestation, exactly as with legalizations. Generally speaking, though, the attestation remains valid as long as your document doesn’t specify when it expires.

Apostilles also have no expiration date. Time-sensitive documents, such criminal background checks, are not included in this.

What distinguishes attestation from legalization, authentication and apostille?

It is true that these words all relate to the procedures used to produce documents issued in one country for use in another.

They are not similar, though.

As we’ve seen, the process of getting your documents ready for use overseas is referred to as attestation in the Middle East and South Asia.

A phase in a lengthy process, an attestation is similar to an apostille, authentication, and legalization. The authenticity of the document is verified by an attestation.

Conversely, a certificate issued and accepted in countries that have ratified The Hague Apostille Convention is known as an apostille. Compared to legalization, this procedure is less complicated because it just needs one Apostille stamp.

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