Attestations

You need to provide a specific attestation issued by a Swiss representation, e.g. a certificate of nationality and registration.

In accordance with the Ordinance on Swiss Persons and Institutions Abroad, the Swiss representations abroad are authorised to provide attestations on the basis of established facts.

In this context Swiss representations are expected to check every request and to verify, among other things, if a local authority or institution is competent for drawing up a document and if Swiss interests are involved.

The General Consulate of Switzerland legalizes signatures and seals of individuals and certain official institutions such as the "Chambre des notaires du Québec" in Montreal or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, on the condition that the document is prepared for use in Switzerland. This General Consulate does not assume responsibility as for the validity, authenticity or content of the legalized document.

Legalization

Documents required for the legalization of an individual’s signature:

  • The actual document in question
  • A valid passport
  • Proof of the document’s necessity in Switzerland
  • CAD 56.00 cash (or by debitcard) per legalized document

For legalization, the document in question must be signed before an employee of this General Consulate

Processing time: Two working days

Please note that document legalization requests without sufficient proof of necessity in Switzerland will be rejected.

Superlegalization

Documents required fort the legalization of a signature from the "Chambre des notaires du Québec" in Montreal, various Ministry of justice, Law societies or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada:

  • The actual document to be legalized by the "Chambre des notaires du Québec" in Montreal or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada
  • Proof of the document’s necessity in Switzerland
  • CAD 56.00 cash (or by debitcard) per legalized document

Processing time: Two working days

Please note that document legalization requests without sufficient proof of necessity in Switzerland will be rejected.

Legalization in the case of the opening of a bank account

This General Consulate may not legalize documents for the opening of a bank account. As per the Convention Agreement relative to the bond obligation of diligence of banks (CDB 08), one must contact the branch or bank close to one’s place of residence in order to proceed with the required legalization. Please contact your bank for additional information.