How do I go about having my documents authenticated by the Consulate General?
The Philippine Consulate General is located at the World Trade Center Office Complex, 999 Canada Place, Suite 660 Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3E1
The Consulate is open from:
except on Philippine & Canadian holidays.
The Consulate is closed on:
27 Aug (Mon) - National Heroes Day
When persons executing or making the declarations in the document (e.g., power of attorney, affidavits, certifications, contracts) appear in person and sign the document before a Consular Officer at the Consulate General, the document will be notarized by the Consular officer in the form of an Acknowledgment, Jurat or Certification, as the case may be. The Consular Officer in this case performs the functions of a Notary Public. Hence, individuals personally appearing before a Consular Officer are no longer required to have their documents notarized by a Notary Public before submitting the same for notarization.
When persons executing the document could not appear in person before a Consular Officer at the Consulate General, the document should first be notarized by a Notary Public. The Notary Public’s signature should then be authenticated by the Law Society (in case the Notary Public is a lawyer/barrister) or the Society of Notaries Public (in case the Notary Public is not a lawyer) of the province where the document was notarized.
In both cases, the Consulate General authenticates only the signature of the persons executing the document (in the case of a document executed in the presence of a consular officer) or the signature of the Law Society/Society of Notaries Public (in the case of a notarized document).
If none of the abovementioned societies exists in your place of residence, the signature of the Notary Public shall be authenticated by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the Province, or in the case of the province of Alberta, by the Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office of the Province of Alberta located at 9833-109 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 2E8 (telephone numbers 780-427-5069)
The Law Society of British Columbia (for documents notarized by lawyers/barristers) is located at 845 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9 (telephone numbers 604-669-2533).
The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia (for documents notarized by a Notary Public who is not a lawyer/barrister) is located at 625 Howe Street, Suite 700, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T6 (telephone numbers 604-681-4516).
The Consulate does not take any responsibility for the contents of the documents it authenticates.
Following are the requirements that you should submit when having documents authenticated/legalized:
For Authentication (documents that have been notarized by a lawyer/barrister or notary public and have been certified/authenticated by either the Law Society or the Society of Notaries Public):
Acknowledgment (documents presented and to be signed at the Consulate such as Special Powers of Attorney, General Powers of Attorney, Deeds of Sale of Property, Deeds of Donation, etc.)
For Jurat (documents such as Affidavits of Support and Consent, Parental Travel Permits, Complaints, Affidavits of Illegitimacy, Applications for Marriage License and Oaths of Professionals)
For Certification (document issued by the Consulate certifying that the applicant personally appeared at the Consulate – for SSS/GSIS purposes)
The processing time for this type of service normally takes three (3) working days counted from the receipt of application, provided the requirements and procedures listed above are complied with. The Consulate is NOT RESPONSIBLE for delay or loss in mail or any other uncontrollable circumstances surrounding acknowledgment or authentication of your documents.
Applicants who applied in person but who want their documents mailed back to them should also submit a self-addressed Canada Post registered mail or ExpressPost envelope along with the regular requirements.
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Applicants are encouraged to book an appointment online for their convenience.