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Authenticating Documents for China

To get a work permit and visa for China you will need to provide authenticated copies of your Degree Certificate, TEFL Certificate and Background Check. This process confirms to the Chinese Government that the documents you have submitted are genuine. It makes sense, right? You’re going to be working with kids after all! There are a few steps to this process and it can take a little time. But we’re here to help every step of the way and it’ll all be worthwhile!

The process can vary a little depending on country, so here’s our quick country-by-country run through on document authentication. At the outset it can seem a little daunting, but it’s essentially a three step process


Step 1

Notarization: You will need a notary public or solicitor to make a notarized copy of your document. They will sign and stamp the copy to confirm it is a true copy of the original. In most cases this stage is not necessary for Criminal Background Checks as they are official government documents and you can just use the original certificate for your application.


Step 2

Legalization/Authentication by relevant authority of the country in which the document was issued:

This step is to confirm that the public official’s seal, stamp or signature is genuine. Each country will have a government branch which can provide this service; these will be listed later on.


Step 3

Legalization/Authentication by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate:

This is the final stage and enables the document to be accepted by the relevant authorities in China.

Listed below are the authentication and legalization procedures required by the Foreign

Expert Bureau


UK


1. If document was not issued by a British Governing Body send to local International Notary Public. http://www.facultyoffice.org.uk/notary/find-a-notary/

2. Send Notarized documents to Legalization Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Legalizations. https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised

3. Submit to Chinese Embassy or Consulate for Authentication.


South Africa


1. If document was not issued by a South African Governing Body send to local Notary Public.

2. Notary will send to High Court to attach Authentication Certificate. http://www.judiciary.org.za/high-courts.html

3. Documents must then be sent to Legalization Section of DIRCO (The Department of International Relations and Co-operation) for legalization. http://www.dirco.gov.za/consular/legalisation.htm

4. Documents must be submitted to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate for final authentication.


USA


1. If document was not issued by a United States Governing Body send to local Notary Public.

2. Authentication by Secretary of State.

3. If a Chinese Consulate General holds consular jurisdiction document can be submitted there for Authentication IF NOT document must be authenticated by US State Department before Chinese Embassy can finally legalize it.


Ireland


1. If document was not issued by an Irish Governing Body send to local Notary Public.

2. Legalization by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. https://www.dfa.ie/travel/our-services/authenticating-documents/

3. Legalization at Chinese Embassy or Consulate.


Canada


1. If document was not issued by an Canadian Governing Body send to local Notary Public, Lawyer or Commissioner of Oaths in Canada.

2. Authentication by Authentication Office of Canadian Foreign Affairs Department. http://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/study_work_travel-etude_travail_voyage/authentication-authentification/index.aspx?lang=eng

3. Authentication by Chinese Embassy or Consulate.


New Zealand


1. If document was not issued by an New Zealand Governing Body send to local Notary Public.

2. Authentication by New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/about-us/who-we-are/authentication-of-documents/

3. Authentication by Chinese Embassy or Consulate


Australia


1. If document was not issued by an Australian Governing Body send to local Notary Public.

2. Authenticated (NOT APOSTILLED) by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or it's Office in States or Territories. http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/Pages/default.aspx

3. Apply for document authentication from Chinese Embassy or relevant Consulate General where document was notarized.


At the outset this can seem like a daunting process, but the Teach Beyond Recruitment Team will be there to help you every step of the way, so why not APPLY NOW!

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