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97% of people end up spending more time than necessary on the authentication and legalization of their documents in Canada.


At Globeia, we follow the old adage “time is money.” We understand how important it is for you to get the Global Affairs Canada authentication of your documents done in the shortest time possible. Years of experience handling authentication of documents for hundreds of clients have helped us offer the fastest authentication and legalization service in Canada.

Getting your document authenticated and legalized in Canada should not be hard! We take care of all the gruntwork so that you can get your documents apostilled without having to go through all the back and forth.

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Dealing with document authentication services can get tedious. We have analyzed customer feedback to identify the most common issue faced by our clients in their previous, unsuccessful, experiences with other apostille services. And the answer was clear…….

Globeia’s clients appreciated having a dedicated case manager assigned to their application. This meant that there was no mishmash of multiple agents eating away at the valuable time of the client that they were supposed to save in the first place.

Taking the “Uncertainty” out of The Apostilization of Your Documents

Let’s face it – document authentication and legalization is no easy feat. Over here at Globeia, we know how important a quick and seamless department of foreign affairs authentication of your documents is to your undisturbed stay in your current country of residence.

Our 3-step process is simple and yet it continues to be the most efficient at getting your documents authenticated and legalized properly and sent back to you promptly.

Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of how we do it as the best authentication service in Canada.

1. Document Preparation

Always check to see if your document needs notary authentication and get it notarized in advance, to avoid the rejection of your case by Global Affairs Canada. This is why Globeia’s certified document authentication service starts with the careful preparation of your file.

Globeia Pro tip: Do check if a certified translation of your document is required. Usually, documents containing languages other than English and French need to be translated. A certified translation verifies the identity of the translation service and is an important requirement to get a Global Affairs Canada authentication.

2. The Actual Authentication

Global Affairs Canada is the governing body for the authentication of documents. Upon successful authentication, you will be issued a certificate confirming that the signatures on your document are recognized in Canada.

Globeia Pro tip: Double-check your documents and ensure their completion in advance to avoid getting your application for authentication rejected.

3. Legalization

Congratulations! The only step left now is the legalization of your document. For this, you will need to visit the embassy or consulate where you plan to use the document.

Globeia Pro tip: Check to see if your country of residence is a signatory of the Apostille Hague Convention. If yes, you will need to follow a slightly different process to get the Hague apostille stamp on your document.

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This Is How We Manage To Do It Quicker and Cheaper Than Everyone Else

  • Proper Document Evaluation and Preparation To Eliminate Common Mistakes
  • Highly Passionate Staff Working To Ensure A Quick Turnaround
  • A Large Network of Associates Working To Ensure Quick Processing of Your Apostille Certification
  • A Highly Refined System Over The Years That Helps Us Keep The Costs To A Minimum
Authentication & Legalization process

3 Step Process

As the equivalent of apostille and attestation around the world,

document Authentication and Legalization Service in Canada follows a three-step approach.

Fast, safe & efficient
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Why Choose Globeia to Authenticate and Legalize Documents?

Short on time? Globeia can help with its Express Authentication and Legalization Service

Guaranteed Quick Turnaround: No matter how hard your case is, we will go above and beyond to secure your apostille certification and get your documents back to you ASAP.

Using The Law To Help You: Some territories and provinces offer independent authentication services. We keep an eye out for such opportunities and use all means necessary to get your documents apostilled at the earliest.

Agents To Help Expedite The Process At Global Affairs Canada and Your Embassy: Years in the business have helped us establish connections with highly experienced associates to streamline each step of your document authentication process. Your case manager will stay in touch with Global Affairs Canada and later, your respective embassy, to take care of any requirements as they arise – giving you the peace of mind that your apostille attestation process is in good hands.

No hidden fees: We believe in transparency in getting the help you need. Our fees for getting a quick authentication and legalization of your documents are minimal.


What is Apostille? Can I get an apostille in Canada?

It is a certification used for the authentication and legalisation of documents issued by government departments and agencies. The stamp verifies the authenticity of your documents. In most foreign countries, you need to get apostille legalisation of your documents before you can use them for official purposes.

Before the Apostille Hague Convention, everyone had to follow the authentication and legalization process. This cumbersome document legalization process was made more efficient during the 1960s when the Hague Apostille Convention was signed by participating countries. This streamlined the process required to authenticate a document considerably and issues a Hague stamp.  Documents with this seal are then fully authenticated and legalized.

What is the equivalent of apostille in Canada?

If you are from a country that signed up for the Hague Convention, then an Apostille seal will be enough to legalize your documents. However, if you need apostilization of documents originating from Canada, then you will need to complete the long and tiring process of authentication and legalization to get your document legalized.

With the help of a certified service, you can bypass these hurdles to easily get notarisation and legalisation of your documents in Canada.

Make sure that the service you choose is reputable and has ample experience in dealing with the ministry of external affairs.

What is authentication in Canada?

If you are from a Hague Convention member country, then filling out a simple request form will be enough to legalize your documents. However, if the country of origin of your document is Canada, then you will need to complete the authentication process.

Over here at Globeia, we take care of the entire process and get your document authenticated by the ministry of foreign affairs authentication in the shortest possible time.

What is legalization in Canada?

The embassy or consulate, of the country you intend to use them in, must inspect and legalize your documents. A stamp confirming the document’s authenticity is issued to prove the same.

For document notarization and legalization in Canada, you have to complete the process in a legalisation office. Globeia handles your case for you, eliminating the need for losing your head over the complex requirements of the process.

What is the difference between the apostille and legalisation and authentication?

The difference between the two is that you cannot get legal apostille in Canada. A different method has to be followed. This process is uniform all over Canada.

What is document attestation?

Attestation is performed to guarantee that a particular document is authentic.

In order to successfully complete the process, concerned authorities from both the issuing country and the country in which you’ll use the document must see the document in person and certify it.

Note: The term ‘document attestation’ isn’t used in many countries. In fact, it’s almost exclusively limited to countries in South Asia, the Middle East, and the UAE. In other countries, the process goes by different names, such as haya, dfat in Australia and simply apostille in the United States.

When do I need an Apostille document ?

You will need to perform this process if the following conditions apply to your situation:

  • The country that originally issued your document is a signatory of the Hague Convention
  • Neither of the countries in question has objected to the other’s inclusion in the Convention
  • You need to use your document in a state that is a member of the treaty
  • Your document was issued by a public body.

When do I need to follow the authentication and legalization process ?

You’ll need to pursue this process if the following apply to your situation:

  • Your document was originally issued in a country that isn’t signed up to the Convention.
  • The consulate or embassy in the state you’ll be using the document in question has confirmed the need for legalization.
  • The document is an original with a recognized signature.

What kind of documents are authenticated or apostilled?

As long as your document was issued by an official government agency and bears a valid signature, you should be able to pursue either of the two processes.

Some examples include:

  • Birth and death certificate
  • Degree certificate
  • Criminal record check
  • Marriage certificate and divorce certificate
  • Degrees and educational certificates
  • Fingerprints
  • Power of attorney
  • Passport copy
  • Citizenship and immigration documentation
  • Business documents
  • Federal documents
  • Invoices
  • Pharmaceutical reports and certificates

Moreover, your country of current residence may also require you to get an apostille translation or apostille affidavit of your document.

Does Global Affairs Canada authenticate or apostille all documents?

You may not get an apostilled copy of your document if it:

  • Is a copy
  • Is without an original seal or signature
  • Contains languages other than French or English
  • Has seals not recognized by Global Affairs Canada
  • Is a religious certificate that isn’t recognized by Global Affairs Canada
  • Is laminated or covered documents that can’t be stamped
  • Is misleading
  • Is obtained through fraudulent means

How much does apostille cost?

If you combine apostille with terms such as ’services near me’, notary services near me’, ‘office near me’, or ‘document service’ on Google, you will see a number of companies offering their online services.

You will notice that in almost all of these search results, Globeia is one of the most frequently appearing, offering its gold-standard services managed by a highly experienced team of professionals.

Despite having served hundreds of satisfied clients over the years, Globeia’s apostille price is one of the lowest in the entire industry.

This is because we are a notary and apostille service that care for the comfort and convenience of our clients. We are well-known for our reliability, quick turnaround, and low fees.

I’m in another country right now. Do I need to be in Canada for authentication?

No, you don’t have to travel to Canada in order to complete the process. We will take care of it for you instead and keep you updated every step of the way. Contact Globeia for a free 15-minute consultation to ensure that your documents meet all the specified criteria.

Once you have the go-ahead, you can send your original documents, and the Globeia team will take it from there.

One of our experts will visit Global Affairs Canada to get your document authenticated. We’ll also visit the respective embassy or consulate to complete the international process on your behalf. In order to save you time and money, we’ll take care of all the follow-ups and ensure swift processing of your documents.

How long does apostille last?

There is no expiration date. However, the document must not be expired. Time-sensitive documents such as criminal record checks will only remain valid for the duration of the original certificate.

I need to authenticate and legalize my documents quickly. How long does the authentication and legalization process take?

The first step is to look for a reputed notary public service. We have been working with Global Affairs Canada for many years now and the relationship we’ve developed allows us to process your documents quickly, without any fuss or hassle.

That said, speed can, very rarely, be affected by a very small number of factors outside our control. When documents don’t meet the stringent criteria defined by the foreign office, they can be rejected or delayed. That is why we encourage our customers to either check their documents themselves or get on a 15- minute call with us for a free consultation. We aim to save you time, money, and a lot of unnecessary stress.

How much does authentication and legalization cost?

You can rest assured that our authentication quotes are among the most competitive all over Canada. Not only that, we never charge hidden fees. Once we’ve assessed your requirements, we’ll advise you on which package to choose. And you won’t have to pay a penny more.

How do I pay for authentication and legalization?

We accept most major credit and debit cards, as well as e-transfers, PayPal, and Canadian money orders.

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