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, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), 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 apostilled 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 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) China Authentication: The Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh will verify the signature and seal (excluding contents of documents) of Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). 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 attesting service on behalf of you, alternatively we can do the second step (an apostilled certificate attached by FCDO) or the third step (authenticated by the Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh) on its own at your preference, which means that we will personally attend Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh for submission and collection on your behalf, to ensure that all applications of yours go through without any problem.
*Notarisation, Legalisation (Apostilled) 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 - 4 weeks processing): £188 + courier fee
Two Documents (Regular Service: 3 - 4 weeks processing): £348 + courier fee
Three Documents (Regular Service: 3 - 4 weeks processing): £468 + courier fee*The above total fee includes the two delivery postages (to FCDO/from FCDO) but it excludes the delivery fee to your home/business address.*Notarisation: Prestigious Notary Public registered at the FCDO - Processed in the Edinburgh city centre*Legalisation (an apostilled Certificate): Processed in FCDO located in Milton Keynes*China Authentication: Processed in Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh (Chinese Visa Application Service Centre)
i2visa UK Ltd has been specialised in assisting you to securely obtain attested documents from Chinese General Consulate of Edinburgh (step 3) and stamped official certificates (apostilled certificates) from FCDO (step 2) and signatures from our notary public (step 1). 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 authenticated by Chinese Consulate of Edinburgh. It is a standard that our notary public will certify your ORIGINAL documents by default unless you have notified us the updates.
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 £78 (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.
If you get your documents apostilled by FCDO please see the below fee schedule of the process for Chinese Consulate only.
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 a few more working days for the postal delivery.
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