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What is an Apostille?

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What is an Apostille?

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What is an Apostille?

 

An apostille is a certification that validates the signature and seal of a public official on a document. This certification, recognized by countries which are part of the Hague Apostille Convention, makes the document legally valid for use in those countries. It’s a one-step process that eliminates the need for further authentication, streamlining international document verification. This certification is often required for legal, business, or personal matters involving foreign jurisdictions.

Effective January 11, 2024, Canadian authorities are required to issue Apostilles for documents to be legally recognized. However, if a document has already been authenticated by the issuing country’s authorities with an Apostille, no further authentication is required by the Consular Office or Embassy, if they are a party of the signatories of the Hague Apostille Convention.

What documents need to have an apostille?

Usually, legal documents that are to be used outside Canada and the person signing lives in Canada are required to have an apostille. If you are uncertain whether you need to have your document go through an apostille or not, we are here to assist you. You can contact us via phone at 416-409-5991 or via email at info@ajlawpartners.ca.

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