Apostille Canada

In order to apply for a Korean work visa, Canadians must have their university degree and RCMP check authenticated with an Apostille. There are no alternative types of authenticaton to the Apostille.

IMPORTANT!

Canada joined the Apostille convention in January of 2024. All Canadian’s now require Apostille authentications for their university degrees and RCMP Criminal Record Checks (instead of the provincial authentications and consulate verification stamps prior to 2024). Everything is explained below.

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is a type of international authentication for documents. Documents that are issued in one country (your home country) but need to be used in another country (such as South Korea) must be ‘authenticated’ or ‘legalized’ to verify authenticity. In short, it’s a universal approach to curbing the use of fraudulent documents.

Where to get Degrees & RCMP Checks Apostilled in Canada

Provincial Authentication Offices

The following Provincial Authentication Offices can issue Apostilles: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec & Saskatchewan. Before acquiring the Apostilles, the Degree and RCMP Check must be notarized by a public notary within the same province.

 

Global Affairs Canada - JLAC

Residents of the following provinces & territories need to secure Apostilles from the JLAC (Global Affairs division) in Ottawa: Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island & Yukon.

1. How to Apostille RCMP Criminal Record Checks in Canada

STEP 1 - Order

First, you need to order and receive the physical RCMP Check. For instructions on how to order an RCMP Check > GO HERE

STEP 2 - Notarize

For Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan applicants: Bring your RCMP Check to a notary public (i.e. a lawyer with a notary license) and ask them to notarize the original RCMP Check. To be clear, you need to have the original RCMP Check notarized, not a copy of it.  The notary should sign, date and stamp the original check, once you have this completed you can proceed to step 3.

For Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island & Yukon applicants: Applicants from these provinces or territories do not have to have their RCMP Check notarized.

STEP 3 - Apostille

For Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan applicants: Send the original RCMP Check with the notarization to your respective provincial authentications office. Refer to the website for order and submission instructions.

Ontario Apostille  |   BC Apostille |  Alberta Apostille  |  Quebec Apostille  |  SK Apostille

For Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island & Yukon applicants: Send your original RCMP Check to the JLAC office in Ottawa. Refer to the Global Affairs website for order and submission instructions.

*** Make sure to double check Apostille Authentication policies with your respective authentication office before visiting or mailing them your documents.

And that’s it! Once the Apostilles been affixed to your RCMP Check the government office will return it to your home address via registered mail. 

2. How to Apostille Bachelor's Degrees in Canada

The process of getting your bachelor’s degree ready for Korean Immigration is similar to the RCMP Check. The only difference is; notarized copies of degrees are needed instead of the original.

STEP 1 - Notarize

Bring your original bachelor’s degree – the physical certificate – to a public notary, or lawyer with a notary license, and request a ‘Notarized Copy’ of your degree.  The lawyer/notary will make a photocopy of your degree, then sign, date and stamp the copy (you now have a notarized copy of your degree). 

STEP 2 - Apostille

For Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan applicants: Send the notarized copy of your Degree to the respective provincial authentications office. Refer to the website for order and submission instructions.

Ontario Apostille  |   BC Apostille |  Alberta Apostille  |  Quebec Apostille  |  SK Apostille

For Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island & Yukon applicants: Send the notarized copy of your degree to the JLAC office in Ottawa. Refer to the Global Affairs website for order and submission instructions.

And that’s it! Once the Apostilles been affixed to the notarized copy of your Degree they will send it to your home address via registered mail. 

TIP: For faster service, applicants can include a prepaid return address envelope, from a priority mailing service, when they submit their degree’s and RCMP Checks. Otherwise, the offices will return the Apostilled documents via Canada Post with no tracking number.

 

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