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What is document Attestation?

Attestation is a process by which documents are made to be recognized in a foreign country. It is a process of verification or validation of the authenticity of a document.

Why use PSO for your Attestation needs?

Expedited Processing

Global Affairs Canada recommends “hiring a private service provider, such as an authentication and legalization service or process server in the Ottawa-Gatineau area” in order to expedite processing.

Embassy and Consulate Experience

The PSO team has extensive experience with many of the Embassies and Consulates in Ottawa and surrounding area. We can cut your attestation processing time to a matter of days, rather than weeks, while ensuring all is in order and completed properly the first time.

Experienced Professionals

Requirements for document attestation can be very specific, and often changing, depending on the type of document and the country. Our experience can help remove uncertainty around the attestation process, helping you navigate the in’s and out’s.

Commonly Attested Documents

Is document Attestation known by any other name?

The process of attestation is commonly referred to in Canada as “Authentication and Legalization” and may also be called “Apostille” in other countries. As Canada is not signatory to The Hague Convention, we do not have Apostille or Attestation, but rather an equivalent, two step process of Authentication and Legalization.

Attestation of Canadian Documents

The first step in the process, authentication, is a verification of the signature of the official executing the document. This authentication is performed by Global Affairs Canada (formerly Department of Foreign Affairs) in Ottawa.

Some documents will need to be notarized before commencing the attestation process. If you are unsure of the requirements particular to your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The second step in the process is referred to as legalization. This is a verification of the signature of the Canadian authority that has authenticated the document. This step is performed by the Embassy, Consulate, or High Commission of the country in which the document is to be presented after attestation. Once this step is complete, the document can be used and recognized as valid in the country for which it has been legalized.

How long does the process of Attestation take?

Attestation of Canadian documents can be a long process if attempted without the help of an attestation service or process server. According to the Global Affairs Canada website, documents submitted by mail can take “approximately 25 days” to be processed. Transit time and attestation at the Embassy could add another month to the total if done by mail. This is of course assuming all documents are in order and nothing is missed.

Working with PSO, we can attest your documents quickly and without headaches. Depending on your needs and the country in which they are to be used, our attestation service can have your documents attested in as little as one business day.


More Information

For more information, or to have your Canadian document attested, feel free to contact us by phone at +1 (613) 203-5957, or by email contact@psoprofessional.ca and we will be happy to help.

You may also check our articles section for more detailed and country specific information.


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M. Headley
Dubai, UAE

“While getting ready to head back out of country to work internationally and only 6 weeks to spare, I started this process of requesting transcripts to be sent to the embassy during week 1. Everything was on track, or so I thought, but on PSO’s end they were telling me that the embassy didn’t get the correct documents…needless to say the University messed up real bad sending incomplete documents causing unnecessary delays. Jordan was incredibly patient during this process-having made many trips to check the status of my documents. In the end, I got my documents with a few days to spare before I boarded the plane back to the Middle East.

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G. Van Wyk
Calgary, AB

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Toronto, ON

“Quick, easy and reliable. Highly recommended for speed and excellent customer service.”

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O. Ebrahimpour
Montreal, QC

“Recently, I contacted PSO for authentication of a medical document. First they explained me the procedure and guided me how to prepare the document. As soon as they received my document by mail, they informed me and they started to proceed my file. I am very happy about their service as they did it on time.”

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T. Subaihi - Director at Taqa Global
Abu Dhabi, UAE

“The service was outstanding. I had requested attestation of my degree in Ottawa from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and my Embassy. PSO took care of it less than two days after receiving my documents. Outstanding service, extremely professional, highly recommended.”

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A. Daghache
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

“Jordan helped me in getting my degrees and transcripts asserted by the Saudi Embassy as well as the Culture Bureau. Even though it took longer than intended, Jordan went out of his way to ensure my documents would be sent back to me by the time that was needed. He was patient as friendly and always kept me updated and always had the best interest for my documents. Couldn’t have asked anyone else to handle my degrees better than him! :)”