The Assistant Stork
Your Document And Visa Specialists

The Embassy of China will be closed Monday, the 11th and Tuesday, the 12th, for Chinese New Year.

The US Department of State, the Embassies and the Assistant Stork will be closed Monday, February 18, 2013 for President's Day.


As of 9/17/2012

The US Department of State is changing their processing time.  Instead of processing documents while you wait, it will now take 3 - 5 business days.

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. Don't ask me to "try" to get it through. It won't even make it through the US Department of State.

Recent Changes At the Embassy of China

March 27, 2017 - Document processing back to one week

March 1, 2017 - Due to construction at the Embassy, they are now taking 11 business days to process documents

April 25, 2016 - China is back to one week processing

March 28, 2016 - China has added two business days to their processing time 

February 15, 2016 - China has halted all RUSH process 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.

January 1, 2015 - The Assistant Stork has raised their prices for only the third time in the history of their business.

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.  All work (Z) visa applications must be requested in person.

March 6, 2014 - No more expedited documents. Period. 

March 5, 2014 - No more overnight processing for documents. Expedited processing will now be 2-3 business days

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.