Apostilled & Authenticated UK Documents for use in P.R. China
Before applying for Chinese work visa ('Z' - style), one or more documents which was/were originated in the United Kingdom should firstly be certified by an UK Notary Public, then must be legalised by the Legalisation Office (LO) of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and further be legalised and authenticated by the Chinese Embassy or General Consulate in the UK. P.R. China is not member of Hague Convention, therefore an apostille certificate is not accepted in mainland China. As a result, legalised documents for use in P.R. China should be gone through the final part - approved or authenticated by Chinese Embassy or Chinese General Consulates in the UK.
Which UK documents can be legalised and authenticated by Chinese Consulate?
Personal documents: Degree or Master Certificate, PHDs or Diploma Qualifications or other Academic Reports, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) or Disclosure Scotland etc.
Business documents: Certificate of Incorporation, Power of Attorney, Tax Returns, Partnership Agreement, VAT Certificate, Company Registers, or Certificate of Name Change etc.
If I live in England or abroad, can my documents be legalised and authenticated by Chinese General Consulate in Scotland?
Yes certainly. There is no jurisdiction for documents to be authenticated in Edinburgh whether you live in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England or Wales. Even UK documents can also be authenticated here if you live in oversea like China, EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia etc.
Three main steps for your consideration:
Step 1) Notarisation: A personal or business document should be certified by an UK (Edinburgh) notary public firstly.
Step 2) Legalised by FCO (the apostilled certificates): The Legalisation office of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) must legalise the signature, stamp or seal of a British public official such as a solicitor, a notary public, a registrar and an official of chamber of commerce.
Step 3) Authentication: The Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh will verify the signature and seal (excluding contents of documents) of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Once being verified, the Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh will officially apply authenticated seal and signature (Blue Sticker) to your document(s), which will be ready for use in P.R. China.
i2visa UK Ltd can do three steps combined as a package of full service on behalf of you, alternatively we can do the second step (an apostille cert attached by FCO) or the third step (authenticated by the Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh) on its own at your convenience, which means that we will personally attend Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh for submission and collection on your behalf.
*Notarisation, Legalisation (Apostille) and Authentication - Three stages combined as a full attestation charged in the following: (Processing time will probably be longer in the period of COVID-19 than the following stated time.)
One document (Regular Service: 3 weeks processing): £188 including VAT + courier fee
Two documents (Regular Service: 3 weeks processing): £348 including VAT + courier fee
Three documents (Regular Service: 3 weeks processing): £468 including VAT + courier fee*The above total fee includes the two delivery postages (to FCO/from FCO) but it excludes the delivery fee to your home/business address.*Notarisation: Prestigious Notary Public registered at the FCO - Processed in Edinburgh city centre*Legalisation (the apostilled Certificates): Processed in FCO located in Milton Keynes*Authentication: Processed in Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh (Chinese Visa Application Service Centre)
i2visa UK is specialised in assisting you to securely obtain legalised document(s) from Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh (step 3) from a notary public service (step 1) and a stamped official certificate (an apostille certificate) service (step 2). The following required documents are compulsory:
Important Notice: Please let us know in advance or make a note with the other enclosed documents if you like to get the original degree certificate or TEFL certificate authenticated as your special request instead of the photocopied UK documents to be authentication by Chinese Consulate of Edinburgh. It is a standard that our notary public will certify your ORIGINAL UK documents by default unless you have notified the update to us.
Please mail all the above required documents to the following address:
i2visa UK Ltd
*If you are applying for these at the express service, please simply add £68 (one document), £138 (two documents) and £198 (three documents) based on the whole cost of regular service. If you have more documents to be legalised as a package, please contact us about the particular fee schedule directly. If you are using the urgent service please notify us your request in advance.
Please see the following extra fees for express service and urgent service plus the above regular service.
If you are still not clear please see the website of Chinese visa application service centre (CVASC).
If you have further queries please don't hesitate to contact us directly at 0131 460 7023 or [email protected]i2visa.co.uk.
When calculating the amount of time required processing your document(s) please add one more working day for the postal delivery.
Other Consular Services:
If you need us to collect your Chinese passport(s), travel document(s), Hong Kong ID, or other documents in Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh, we will probably charge you £50 as our service fee and then mail it back to you by special delivery. The postage is an additional cost.