Immigrating to a new country is an enriching experience in learning and trying new things. Yet, it can also be a difficult experience in adapting to a new culture and new language and – not least of all – carrying out the bureaucratic steps involved. Working with the right notary public can help you in many ways.
First of all, if you are unsure what your next step is, a reliable notary public experienced in helping immigrants with their documents can help you determine this. If he cannot help you with the next step, he will know reliable professionals who can.
The following are some specific tasks that a notary will carry out for you during various stages of the immigration process:
Whether it is an affidavit confirming your identity or a statutory declaration indicating your marital status, a notary public is essential in certifying these documents so you don’t risk having Canada’s immigration office returning them.
If there is any variety in your signature, or there might be any reason to doubt its validity, it is in your best interest to have a document from a notary public certifying all the variations of your signature. This can save you a good deal of time, avoiding completing and signing your entire application a second time!
The same is true of name variations, such as a maiden name that may appear on any given documentation.
Validating a statutory declaration in lieu of guarantor
When you are applying for your permanent resident card, if you don’t know someone who can be a guarantor, you will need to have a statutory declaration in lieu of guarantor notarized. (I wrote about this last week.)
Offering mobile notary services
If you are too busy to visit a notary public, or if you need him in another professional’s office, he can come to you.
Creating certified true copies
Since you are in another country, the last thing you want to do is risk losing your passport, marriage certificate, birth certificate or similar valuable document in the mail. Instead you can send certified true copies.
A similar service that is becoming more and more common is certifying documents to be sent electronically. Talk to your notary public if you feel this is necessary or a good option.
Notarizing letters of invitation
Finally, once you’re a citizen of Canada (or even before) you will want family and friends from your home country to visit. Depending on the country, they may need a letter of invitation to obtain a visa. A notary public can notarize such a letter, giving it greater legal validity in the immigration office.
If you are new to Canada and need help with any stage of immigration, contact us at Golden Notary.