Document for use in China needs first to be legalised by way of FCO Apostille and then submitted to the Consulate of China for further attestation.
The consular fees are: £34 per commercial document or £11 per document (when Chinese citizen is a director) and £17 per personal document (for foreign citizens) or £6 per document (for Chinese citizen) for standard legalisation service.
The Consulate offers an express service at additional fee of £19 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.
Consulate Application Form is required to be filled out (Sections 1, 3 and 4), signed and dated by the Applicant on both designated places in section 8 and submitted IN ORIGINAL INK SIGNED ONLY. Scanned copy or 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 must match the name on applicant’s passport.
If the name 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 Birth or Marriage certificates or a deed of change of name.
For documents related to commercial matters, the company legal representative (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 bound 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, 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.
Method of payment: Debit card, postal order or company cheque only.
Opening hours: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Mondays to Fridays
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