Apostille in Canada: A Simplified Guide to Authenticating Your Documents for International Use

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If you plan on taking your Canadian papers overseas, you'll probably need to authenticate them. Obtaining an apostille in Canada is one of the simplest ways to achieve that. Don't know what that is? No worries, we've got you covered! In this blog post, we'll give you a simple rundown on how to get an apostille in Canada and when you'll need it. So, let's get to it!

What is an Apostille?

Do you know how other countries won't accept a document you need to use occasionally because they don't believe it to be authentic? Well, this thing called an apostille can solve that problem. 

It's basically a fancy stamp that's recognized by a bunch of countries that signed the Hague Convention. This treaty makes it easier to prove that your document is real and can be used internationally. Once you get an apostille, you're good to go and can use your document in any of the countries that signed the Hague Convention.

Apostille in Canada: A Simplified Guide to Authenticating Your Documents for International Use

When Do You Need an Apostille?

There are many situations in which you may need to have a Canadian document apostilled. Some common examples include:

  • Using Canadian educational credentials to apply for a job or further education in another country
  • Registering a Canadian business in another country
  • Buying or selling property in another country
  • Adopting a child from another country
  • Getting married in another country

How to Obtain an Apostille in Canada?

The process of obtaining an apostille in Canada is relatively straightforward. The following is a step-by-step instruction sheet to assist you:

Step 1: Determine the type of document you need to apostille

before you start apostilling stuff, you gotta figure out what kind of document you're workin' with. Typically, anything that the Canadian gov't issued to you can be apostilled - like birth certificates, marriage certificates, and diplomas. But don't go gettin' too excited just yet, 'cause there are a few exceptions.To be on the safe side, it is advisable to confirm with the relevant parties that your document can receive the traditional apostille stamp.

Step 2: Get a notarized copy of the document

 basically, if you want to get your document apostilled, you gotta make sure it's good to go first. If it is, you'll need to get a notarized copy of it. This simply means that you must locate a commissioner of oaths or notary public who will attest to the authenticity of the duplicate of the original. If you're fortunate, the person who originally gave you the paperwork may even be able to provide you with a notarized copy.

Step 3: Submit the document to Global Affairs Canada

You must deliver your document to Global Affairs Canada once it has been notarized. This is the department of the Canadian government that is responsible for issuing apostilles. You can submit your document in person or by mail. If you submit your document in person, you will need to make an appointment in advance.

Step 4: Pay the fee

if you need an apostille in Canada, just a heads up that it'll cost you. Right now, it's 75$ for each document. You can settle the bill with your credit card, debit card, or a certified cheque or money order payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

Step 5: Wait for the apostille to be issued

you've sent in your doc and paid up. Now all that's left is to sit tight and wait for the apostille to come through. Usually takes around 10 biz days, but don't freak if it takes longer during busy periods. Just be sure to provide yourself plenty of space for error.

Step 6: Collect the apostilled document

you have your apostille all set to go! Now, you've got two options: either swing by and pick it up in person or have it sent over by mail. If you choose the latter, simply remember to send your application with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 


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