The Assistant Stork
Your Document And Visa Specialists
Although China signed the Hague of 1993, they did NOT sign the Hague of 1961. That means although they have all kinds of rules and regulations for your adoption (thanks to the Hague of 1993) your documents do not get Apostilles. They get "Certifications" or "State Seals." If you are processing a document for China, DO NOT GET APOSTILLES PUT ON YOUR DOCUMENTS! It is a completely different Hague Convention that governs the authentication of documents. The Embassy of China will not accept any document with the word "Apostille" on it, unless they have switched to the "One Seal."  A handful of states have switched to one seal that covers both Apostille and State Seal, and those are accepted, but check with your state first to see which seals they offer.  

Recent Changes At the Embassy of China

August 29, 2019 - For children born in America, the embassy wants an "Original" (from Vital Records) birth certificate, plus one copy. They will verify the copy is accurate and then return the original birth certificates to The Assistant Stork.

August 29, 2019 - The Embassy now requires all parents to sign visa applications for children under 21 years old.

February 21, 2019 - The Embassy has changed their minds and are back to only needing 1 photo per visa application.

February 20, 2019 - As of February 21, 2019, The Chinese Embassy requires 2 photos per visa application

February 13, 2019 - The Embassy now requires you to write your employer's webpage address on your application. If it does not fit, you may legibly hand-write the URL.

February 11, 2019 - All notaries must have at least 6 months left on their commission to notarize your documents. All notarized documents must include a notary attestation, which must have no corrections.  These are old rules, but is now strongly enforced. 

October 25, 2018 - All visa applications must include a copy of your "State ID," like a driver's license, to prove your home address.

March 5, 2018 - Visas are back to 4 business day processing and documents are back to 5 business day processing. 

December 15, 2017 - All visas must be separately submitted and will need individual money orders or cashier's or business checks

August 3, 2017 - As a "temporary" measure, the Embassy of China is now taking up to 10 businss days to process documents.

May 23, 2017 - China has halted all expedited processing on visas until further notice

February 15, 2016 - China has halted all expedited processing of documents until further notice

January 15, 2016 - All G-1s must be typed. No hand-written accepted.

April 24, 2015 - Regular processing is now 6 days and expedited processing is 2 days.

April 1, 2015 - The Embassy of China now requires all copies of passports be separate.  You can no longer copy two passports onto one sheet of paper.

November 11, 2014 - Visas for American citizens are now good for 10 years, unless they have special conditions

November 10, 2014 - No homestudy may have the Hague Accreditation, agency and/or social worker's license attached to the home study.  If you wish these documents to be authenticated, they must be separately authenticated or placed before the notarization page.

September 9, 2014 - All visa requests for stays of 180 days or longer must be presented in person.  

February 10, 2014 - The Embassy is requiring a new authentication form

September 1, 2013 - The Embassy requires a new visa form. It must be typed on-line and printed on 2 sheets of paper, front and back. No hand-written applications will be accepted. Please see the individual China Visa pages for more information.

August 1, 2013 - The Embassy of China raised the fees for Civil/Adoption documents from $20 per document to $25 per document.  Business documents were raised from $40 per document to $50 per document.

August 1, 2012 - All L Visas must include ONE of the following:

• A photocopy of the roundtrip airline ticket and hotel reservations. 

• An Invitation Letter for Tourist Group or Invitation Letter for Tourist by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit

• An Invitation Letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions or individuals in China. If the invitation letter is issued by an individual in China, the photocopy of the ID of the individual is required.

• A photocopy of the LOA or LOC (for Adopting families)

March 16, 2012 - The Embassy will no longer accept any G-1 where the occupation is listed as "none" or "N/A." If you are not employed outside the home, please write "Homemaker" or "Retired."

February 20, 2012 - The Embassy will no longer accept documents that include both the original document and a notarized copy. If you have notarized a copy of a document, they only want the State & Federal sealed copy, not the non-notarized original.

February 2, 2012 - All passports must have at least 4 blank pages (not including the amendment pages) or the Chinese Embassy will reject the visa application. 

January 27, 2012 - All expedited visa applications (overnight processing) must be accompanied by proof that you have a genuine emergency (i.e. copies of airline tickets).

January 26, 2012 - The Chinese Embassy will only provide same-day service to people who bring in their own paperwork and can prove it is an emergency.

January 26, 2012 - All visas must go to the Consulate in charge of their jurisdiction. The Embassy will only process visas for families living in DE, DC, ID, KY, MD, MT, NE, NC, ND, PR, SC, SD, TN, UT, USVI, VA, WV & WY.

January 19, 2012 - The Embassy of China in Washington, DC will no longer accept any documents that originated in countries that signed the Hague Agreement of 1961, unless the embassies are willing to "sign off" on the document without using an Apostille. The Embassy in DC wants those documents to go to the Chinese Embassy that governs the jurisdiction of the country in which the document originated

November 28, 2011 - The Embassy of China will no longer accept ANY document older than 6 months.

August 15, 2011 - The Embassy of China will no longer accept any Vital Record older than 6 months.

July 1, 2011 - The Embassy of China's new 4-page Visa Application goes into effect.

May 17, 2011 - The Embassy of China changed their regular processing time from 4 days to 5 days.