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Notary Services: What You Need To Know

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What Is A Notary Service?

A Notary Public is a state-appointed official of integrity who serves the public as an impartial witness in a number of official fraud-deterrent activities relating to the signing of significant documents. These formal acts are known as notarizations or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, which means they are expected to follow written rules without using significant personal judgement, as a “judicial” official would.

Notarized Documents

Notarized documents are those that have had their validity verified by a notary public. Notarization comprises the witnessing and recording of document signings to ensure that the procedure is not fraudulent and that the documents can be trusted by the authorities that requested them.

Notary’s Duties

The role of a notary is to confirm that all signatures on a document are genuine. This is accomplished by a series of meticulous checks:

Identity verification: A notary requires identity from anyone signing a document and keeps records of the identifying documents each person gives.

Willing signers: Notaries are expected to be on the lookout for evidence of coercion. Even if you don’t agree with what’s in a document, are you signing voluntarily, or are you being forced to?

Capable of making sound decisions: A notary should ensure that signers are in a position to really understand what they are signing and have the legal capacity to sign. The notary cannot notarize a document if the person is inebriated, highly drugged, or otherwise unable to understand what is going on.

Why Notaries Are Necessary

A notarized document confirms that you are the person signing the paper. As a result, the main objective of notarizing a document is to prevent document fraud and identity theft by prohibiting someone from presenting a fake document. A notarized letter certified by a notary public also helps to protect persons’ rights who may otherwise be exploited, and a lot of court actions may be avoided if the document of a transaction is certified by a notary.

Check out the infographic below which takes a look into Notary Services and what you need to know about them.

Notary Services What You Need To Know

Canada Launches Hong Kong Pathway

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Canada Launches Hong Kong Pathway that will Attract Recent Graduates and Skilled Workers with Faster Permanent Residency

On February 04 2021, Minister Mendicino announced that Hong Kong residents will be able to apply for new open work permits beginning on February 8, 2021. Valid for up to 3 years, these permits will allow Hong Kong residents to gain valuable employment experience and make significant contributions to Canada. Hong Kong residents must have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, or hold an equivalent foreign credential. A post-secondary diploma program must be a minimum of 2 years.

Hong Kong residents currently in Canada temporarily, including visitors, students and workers, can apply online from within Canada. Those applying from abroad remain subject to current travel restrictions and may not be able to come to Canada at this time, unless they have a job offer or meet a travel exemption and comply with all public health requirements.

In addition to open work permits, the Government of Canada continues to implement 2 other pathways to permanent residence for young Hong Kong residents, which will be available later this year. The first will be for Hong Kong residents with at least 1 year of work experience in Canada and who meet the language and education criteria. The second will be for Hong Kong residents who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada; who can then apply directly for permanent residence.

Eligible spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, can also apply for a study or work permit, as appropriate.

These measures apply to Hong Kong residents who hold a Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR) or British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport.

An exemption to the 12-month bar on a pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) for Hong Kong residents has been implemented meaning that some individuals who were previously ineligible may now get another, updated assessment on whether they can stay in Canada.

For more information on these new pathways and to find out if you are eligible to apply, contact us by phone at: 403-261-6890 or by email: info@hansen-company.com

March 17, 2020 Notice to Public

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In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation we would like to inform all existing clients and the general public that Hansen & Company and our affiliate FingerCheck Plus will remain operating during regular business hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM;
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; and
Sundays: CLOSED