How to Legalise an Educational Document for China
Are you trying to legalise your educational documents for use in China? We’re here to help.
The process of legalising your educational document so that it’s ready for use in China can be a tricky one, since the Chinese Embassy has a number of requirements that may not be of common knowledge to you. Below we’ll list the documents you’ll need to start your legalisation, what processes they’ll have to go through, and what kind of timeframe you can expect to get them back in.
The documents that you’ll need to legalise your educational document for use in China are:
- The original educational document.
- A photocopy of the educational document
- A valid passport
- A photocopy of the passport
- A completed Application form (which can be found here)
It may be that your employer has asked you to legalise your Degree Transcript as well. This must be legalised as a separate document and will incur an extra fee.
If you want us to complete the process on your behalf, the requirements are slightly different. All we’ll need is the original educational document and a photocopy of your passport to start. Once you’ve placed your order with us, we’ll send you the application form to fill in, as well as a template for a letter of authorisation, telling the Chinese Embassy that you’ve given us permission to perform the procedure on your behalf.
Please note that any blank pages within your educational document must be marked with the words “This page has no contents.”
The Legalisation Procedure
STEP ONE – Your educational document will need to be certified by a solicitor to confirm that the signature on the document is genuine. If your document consists of more than one page, it will need to be notarised instead, which will cost more. The notary will have to tie the documents together with a silk ribbon and seal them properly before you can proceed.
STEP TWO – The document must be legalised at the Foreign Affairs Office in whichever country it was issued. This is known as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the UK, though in your country it may have a different name. This will result in the application of an Apostille.
STEP THREE – The document needs to be presented in person to the Chinese Embassy in your country. You can either do this yourself or have somebody else do this for you. For the Chinese Embassy to legalise your document, the Apostille must be no more than six months old.
The process for legalising a document for use in China can differ depending on where the document was issued. While we have detailed the general process above, keep in mind there may be additional steps to be completed before your particular document is ready for use in China. Feel free to get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.
Ready to Legalise your Documents for China?
We’ve estimated that attempting to legalise your documents for China on your own could cost you at least £845.00, and over 48 hours in time. Then there’s all the other little things you have to worry about, like making sure the solicitor certifying the documents is registered with the FCO. Or even that the document will be recognised by the FCO at all.
Vital Certificates can help you legalise your documents for use in China, no matter where you’re from. With over ten years of experience in legalisation, contacts with embassies in various countries, and an extensive partner network spanning over 60 countries, you can be sure your documents will be legalised and ready for use in China without any hitches. Then you can focus on what really matters – preparing for your new life in a new country.
If you’d like help with your legalisation, feel free to get in touch. Click here to fill in our quote request form, or call us on +44 330 088 1142. One of our specially trained advisors will be more than happy to help.