Authorities recognized for certifying documents

Last updated: 2 September 2020

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program has specific requirements concerning documents, pertaining to the nature, format and, if applicable, the translation of documents to be submitted. A certified true copy is one of the requirements. The document(s) that you submit must be certified true to the original either by the issuer of the document or by a recognized authority from the country or territory that issued the document.

A copy certified as true by the document issuer is always the preferred format. Note that time is required to verify the accuracy of the information you have provided. The processing time could be shorter if copies certified as true by the issuer are submitted.

Applicants who are outside their country or territory of citizenship may have your documents certified as true copies by an embassy or consulate. Applicants who want to have a document certified as a true copy issued by a country or territory other than their country of citizenship must refer to the information provided for the corresponding country or territory.

Learn more about the requirements for your country of citizenship from the list below:

Algeria

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Algerian documents
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Wilaya or municipality or
  • Notary

Belgium

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Belgian documents
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • City Hall
  • Burgomaster

Benin

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Beninese documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Local or regional administration or
  • Court of law

Brazil

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Brazilian documents
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Local or regional administrator or
  • Notary*

*In the offices of Brazilian notaries, certified true copies are signed by an officer/clerk called an escrevente.

Bulgaria

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Bulgarian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • National Education Department or
  • Notary

Burkina Faso

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Burkinabé documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Education Department or
  • Local or regional administration

Cameroon

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Cameroonian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Local or regional administration

Chad

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Chadian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • City Hall or
  • Notary

China (People’s Republic of)

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Chinese documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Colombia

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Colombian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Côte d'Ivoire

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Ivorian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Local or regional administration

Cuba

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Cuban documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Department of Higher Education

Egypt

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Egyptian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer

France

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying French documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • City Hall

Guatemala

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Guatemalan documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Department of Education or
  • Court of law

Guinea

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Guinean documents
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Department of Education or
  • Court of law

Haiti

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Haitian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    and Religion
  • Ministry of National Education and
    Vocational Training

Honduras

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Honduras documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

India

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying India documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Iran

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Iranian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Israel

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Israeli documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Japan

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Japanese documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Lebanon

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Lebanese documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Lebanese secondary - or university-level educational institutions or
  • Lebanese diplomatic or consular missions or
  • Notary

Mauritius

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Mauritian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Department of Education and Human Resources

Mexico

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Mexican documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Moldova

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Moldavian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Morocco

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Moroccan documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Bureau of Professional Training and Advancement of Labor or
  • Prefecture or municipality

Peru

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Peruvian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Quebec and Canada

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Canadian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer*

*For Québec vocational diplomas and college diplomas awarded by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur, copies of diplomas and transcripts can be submitted instead of true certified copies.

Romania

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Romanian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Russia

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Russian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Senegal

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Senegalese documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Local or regional administration

Spain

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Spanish documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary or
  • City hall (Ayuntamiento)

Togo

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Togolese documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Local or regional administration

Tunisia

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Tunisian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Municipality or borough

Ukraine

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Ukranian documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

United States

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying American documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • Notary

Venezuela

Type of documentAuthorities recognized for certifying Venezuelan documents 
Studies, training and internships
  • Document issuer or
  • National Education Department

Other countries or territories

If the country or territory where the document was issued does not appear on this list, please make sure to have the document certified as a true copy by one of the authorities below.

Authorities recognized for certifying as true all types of documents for the countries or territories that do not appear on this list:

  • Document issuer;
  • A government department;
  • A local or regional administration (governorate, municipality, city hall, prefecture, sub-prefecture, wilaya, commune, borough); and
  • A notary

Note for countries or territories that do not figure on the list:

  • You must have the copies of your documents certified by the issuer or by the authority recognized by the country or territory that issued these documents.
  • Lawyers and police officers are not authorities recognized by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion for certifying documents.
  • A copy certified as true by the document issuer is always the preferred format. Note that processing time is required to verify the accuracy of the information you have provided. This timeframe could be shorter if you submit copies certified as true by the issuer.
  • Copies certified as true by the embassies and consulates of the countries or territories that issued the original document are accepted.