China will join the Hague Apostille Convention on November 7, 2023. Documents destined for China will receive an apostille starting on November 7, 2023.
For example, if your birth certificate originates from New York, on November 7th your birth certificate will receive an apostille from the New York Department of State. Embassy or Consulate legalization will no longer be required from this date.
What is the Apostille Convention?
The Apostille Convention, or the Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, is an international treaty that simplifies the process of authenticating public documents for use in foreign countries.
Currently, in order to use foreign documents in China for administrative purposes ranging from applying for a visa to establishing a business, a document needs to legalized through the State, US Department of State, and China Embassy (Legalization Process). More information can be found by clicking the following link: China Embassy and Consulate Legalization
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How will joining the Hague Apostille Convention help China?
China’s efforts to joint the Apostille Convention will help by reducing time and economic costs of cross-border circulation of documents and optimizing the business environment.
For both foreign and Chinese citizens, this means easier and faster applications for various U.S. documents, such as criminal records, healthcare certificates, driver’s licenses, degree certificates, and birth certificates, that may be required for various administrative tasks.
In terms of optimizing the business environment, the change will be the most beneficial for companies in the United States that frequently have cross-border dealings, whether that is domestic companies hiring foreign employees, import-export businesses, or multinationals with cross-border operations.
Obtaining an apostille on your documents can be complicated and time-consuming. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
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