Document for use in China needs first to be legalised by way of FCO Apostille and then submitted to the Consulate of China via the Chinese Visa Centre for further attestation.
The consular fees are: £64 per commercial document (foreign citizen) or £41 per commercial document (Chinese citizen) and £47 per personal document (foreign citizen) or £36 per document (Chinese citizen) for standard legalisation service.
The Consulate offers an express service at additional fee of £31 per document.
Turnaround time is likely to be 4 working days for standard legalisation service and 3 working days for express legalisation service.
Photocopy of the Apostille ONLY is required on submission.
The Chinese Consulate Application Form is required to be filled in (Sections 1 for individual matters only,section 2 for commercial matters only and ticked section 3 and 4 accordingly), ink signed and dated by the Applicant on both designated places in section 8.Please note all relevant details MUST be typed in using CAPITAL LETTERS, inlcuding Agents details on SECTION 7 (please use our template which can be provided upon request). The ink signed original application form is required to submitted to the Chinese Visa Centre in UK. Scanned copy of application form with electronic signature is no longer accepted.
For documents related to personal matters, the document’s holder must provide simple photocopy of a valid passport.
The name on the documents requiring legalisation and signature on Chinese Consulate Application Form must match the same as on applicant’s passport.
If the name or signature does not match, the notary/solicitor is required to confirm on his certification that the names used on the document and the name on applicant’s passport relates to the same individual.
Alternatively, the applicant can support the change of name with copy of a birth or marriage certificates or a deed of change of name.
For documents related to commercial matters, the company’s legal representative (must be a director listed on Companies House) must provide a photocopy of his/her passport (ID page only) and a company document (Companies House Report or Foreign Company Register Report showing directorship status), as proof of his/her legal status as company’s legal representative (e.g. Current Appointments Report or Certificate of Good Standing with director’s confirmation).
Documents with more than one page must be securely bundled together with ribbon and seal, otherwise will be rejected by the Consulate.
Documents issued in the United Kingdom for use in Hong Kong and Macao regions do not require further consular legalisation after being Apostilled.
FOREIGN DOCUMENTS such as Police Criminal Records, Foreign passports, educational documents, birth, marriage and death certificates, are no longer accepted by the Chinese Consulate in the UK for legalisation. The documents are required to be legalised by the Chinese Consulate in the country of origin of such documents.
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