Getting UK Documents Legalised for 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, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). P.R. China has been a member of Hague Convention since 7th November 2023, therefore an apostilled certificate will be accepted in China.
Which UK documents can be certified and apostilled?
Personal documents: Degree or Master Certificate, PHDs or Diploma Qualifications or other Academic Reports, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) or Disclosure Scotland, power of atttorney etc.
Commercial documents: Certificate of Incorporation, 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 or certification: A personal or business document should be certified by an UK (Edinburgh) notary public firstly.
Step 2) Apostilled by FCDO (an apostilled certificate): The Legalisation office of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) must legalise the signature, stamp or seal of a British public official such as a notary public, a registrar and an official of chamber of commerce etc.
Step 3) State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs: All these documents will be forwarded to the authority.
*Notarisation or Certification, Legalisation (Apostilled) - Please identify individual or bundle documents going ahead for the two stages required as the full legalisation charged in the following:
Individual Document for Full Legalisation: One Document (Regular Service: up to one week processing): £128 + courier fee
Two Documents (Regular Service: up to one week processing): £198 + courier fee
Three Documents (Regular Service: up to one week processing): £268 + courier fee
Bundled Documents for Full Legalisation: One Document (Combined Cover Letter and Degree and TEFL/TESOL/CELTA and Background Certificate): £158 + courier fee (Regular Service - up to 2 weeks)
Two Documents (Combined Cover Letter and Degree and TEFL/TEFSOL/CELTA Certificate + Background Certificate): £188 + courier fee (Regular Service - up to 2 weeks)
Please mail all the original documents to the following address:
If you have further queries please don't hesitate to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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