In 2017, the process to obtain a Chinese work visa was changed, and became a little more complicated. If you are in the process of obtaining a work visa, you have likely been told that the first step to get your work visa is to get certain documents authenticated, which can include your degree, background check, and possibly your birth certificate. Documents originated in US must be legalized by the Chinese Consulate to be used in China. Swift can assist you with this process! Below is a guide to help you prepare your degree to be authenticated at the Chinese Consulate through Swift.
Depending on the State in which your document was generated, this will determine which Consulate your documents will be sent to. For example, if you live in Florida, but your degree was issued from a college in Michigan, then your jurisdiction would be the Consulate that covers Michigan- not the Consular jurisdiction that serves Florida. Which Consulate your document is sent to also determines the instructions you should follow, as some jurisdictions have slightly different requirements. Please follow this link to confirm your jurisdiction. Note that this blog is specifically addressing the procedures for the Chicago jurisdiction.
For the Chinese Consular jurisdiction of Chicago, please follow these steps. The notary can either use the original degree or will make a copy of the degree, they will then notarize the copy and write and/or staple a testimony to the copy, or original, that will look similar to this- though the wording can be at their discretion:
On this, the________day of __________, 20____, before me, a notary public, the undersigned officer, personally appeared________________, known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument, and acknowledged that he executed the same for the purposes therein contained.
In witness hereof, I hereunto set my hand and official seal. (notary then signs and dates)
COST: For the notary, your bank notary will likely do this for free, in most cases this process should cost $5 or less.
State authentication is sometimes referred to as a “stamp” or a “gold seal,” it is a sealed certificate that confirms the authority of a public official, such as a notary public to act in a capacity in connection with a document that he or she has signed. The notary’s stamp and testimony on the degree will verify that the named individual and their position are a matter of record in the Secretary of the State’s Office. The certificate will only be prepared if the official has in fact executed the document properly and can only be attached to a signed original or a sealed certified copy.
Note that this process must occur at the Secretary of State where the document originated. For example, if you have a Wisconsin University degree, the WI Secretary of State needs to complete this process for you, it cannot be a Secretary of State from any other State. The Secretary of State directory will help you locate your secretary
Once you have completed these steps, visit Swift’s Degree Authentication Page. This will guide you through next steps to get your degree authenticated at the Chinese Consulate.
Many of our clients agree that the authentication process is an exercise in patience. Swift suggests getting the process started as soon as possible, as it can take a while. Good luck and call Swift at 877.917.9438 with your questions!