Any individuals looking to work in China have to legalise or attest their documents to obtain a visa. This involves several steps and requires them to be presented to a number of government offices.
Depending on the types of documents you need attesting this can involve having documents certified by a UK solicitor, then then they must be presented to the FCO and finally submitted for attestation to the Chinese embassy in London. This may sound like a straight forward task, however each part of the process has different regulations and can be very time consuming. Our service will complete all of the necessary steps and ensure your documents are presented in the correct format to prevent further time consuming delays.
We can offer guidance and assist with the solicitor certification for most UK documents which ensures they are processed by the FCO and issued with the apostille in the quickest possible time. When the apostille has been issued the documents can be presented to the embassy in London. This is where most people experience issues as the embassy require documents to be presented in a particular format and may require additional supporting documents. The legalisation process typically takes several working days to complete if all documents are presented correctly.
At the start of August 2017 the Chinese embassy introduced new regulations for legalising UK documents. They have now advised any documents presented to them must show the name of the individual as displayed on their passport. This means the document which requires the legalisation must include the person’s forename, middle names and surname. If the name on your document does not match your passport, further verification will be required by a UK solicitor.
We process a variety of UK documents such as degree and education certificates, criminal record checks, birth certificates, marriage certificates and company documents. If you have any questions regarding your documents for use in China, or would like updates on the current processing times, please contact us.