11 May 2017

CHINA: New notarization requirement for U.S. diploma holders

The Chinese Embassy in the United States has introduced the requirement that Chinese work authorization applicants with U.S. university diplomas must have their university registrar certify their diploma before a notary or in certain locations may certify the diploma themselves before having it notarized.

This policy change is implemented as a part of the new Chinese unified immigration system.

How does this affect the client?

Diplomas are required for every Chinese work authorization application. This new policy might result in extended legalization processing times which will delay the work authorization approvals in China. Pending applications with U.S. diplomas which do not meet the requirements under the new method have to withdraw their application and obtain a diploma certified per the new process.

 For the new process, please be aware that in certain U.S. States, the Secretary of State offices will only authenticate diplomas that were certified by the school register before. The Chinese Embassy will also accept U.S. diplomas obtained via this method.

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