Canada – Apostille Required
From 11 January 2024, Canada will accept documents stamped with the apostille from other member countries such as Australia.
Canada became a member of the Apostille Convention on 12 May 2023. Australia has been a member since 16 March 1995.
The apostille will make it easier to send documents to Canada from other member countries. However, it might not change what happens to documents from Australia. Previously, Canada has accepted many documents from Australia without the formalities required by other countries. For example, we’ve notarised various documents for Canada without the authentication and legalisation process. Usually, these documents include copies of passports, education and professional qualifications, and declarations and affidavits. If the authentication and legalisation process wasn’t required before, then maybe the apostille process won’t be required now.
But who knows? Recipients in Canada might reassess their requirements now that Canada is a member of the Apostille Convention. If so, then it’s likely that documents from Australia must now be stamped with an apostille.
Stamping an apostille on documents for Canada
The issuing authority for the apostille in Australia is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). DFAT can stamp an apostille on an original Australian government document or a document that has been notarised by a notary public.
As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we assist clients with documents intended for Canada. We help with obtaining an apostille on their documents and we have regular appointments with DFAT for this purpose. We look after the apostille application process, including the lodgement and collection of documents at DFAT. If required, we also notarise documents before they will be accepted by DFAT to be stamped with an apostille.
Do you have any questions?
Sending documents from Australia to other countries can be complicated. We make it simple.
If your documents must be stamped with an apostille or authenticated and then legalised, we can help with that too. We've also created a flowchart to explain the process.
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Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.