Reference Guide For Canadians Obtaining Pensionados

Applying for Pensionados and Retiring Abroad: Official Canadian Apostille

As of January 11, 2024, Canada has formally joined the Hague Apostille Convention, which is a momentous event for both Canadians and foreign retirees. For people who intend to retire in countries like Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, Uruguay, and others, this addition streamlines the document authentication process. The lengthy authentication and legalization procedure that existed before to the implementation of the Apostille convention in Canada marks a significant change.

Understanding How the Apostille Process Works

The Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, properly known as the Apostille Convention, simplifies the authentication process for documents intended for use overseas. Following Canada’s admission, all participating countries in the Convention now only need an apostille from Global Affairs Canada or from provincially competent authorities, as those in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, or Saskatchewan.

Documents Types

Apostilled documents are required for retirees wishing to relocate to countries such as Ecuador (under the Pensionados program) or other countries. Usually, these consist of:

  • Birth certificates: Documentation of identification and age.
  • Marriage certificates: For married couples, if relevant.
  • Police Clearance: To demonstrate a clean police record in Canada.
  • Medical certificates: confirming excellent health.
  • Financial Records: To support sources of income or stability.
  • Additional Personal Documents: Any applicable divorce certificate or  education certificates.

Typically, the procedure entails procuring these documents, submitting them to the appropriate government agency for an apostille, and then delivering the apostille-certified documents to the immigration or visa office of the retirement destination.

For Canadians wishing to retire overseas, the Hague Apostille Convention opens a new phase. Now that there are more accessible and effective document authentication procedures, retiring in a chosen country can become a reality. With its wealth of knowledge and specialized services, Document Legalization of Canada is ready to help retirees get through this process with ease and efficiency.

Document Legalization of Canada: Your Professional Apostille Service – Why?

Our services at Document Legalization of Canada include:

Knowledge: Our professional team is knowledgeable about apostille of documents for retirees who intend to move to South American countries.
Efficiency: We put a lot of effort into making sure the process moves quickly and efficiently, reducing delays.
Confidentiality: We value your privacy and make sure that every document is treated with the strictest secrecy.
Customer service: Is our top priority, and we are there to help you with any question and concern you may have at any point along the procedure.