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.

Courier for China Business Documents


CHINA HAS HALTED ALL RUSH 
PROCESSING OF DOCUMENTS 
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

March 27, 2016 - The Embassy is back to one week processing.


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


January 12, 2017 - Due to construction and many closed days in January, document processing will take longer than usual.


April 25, 2016 - Document processing is back to 6 business days.


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 G1s must be typewritten. Hand-written will not be accepted.


September 1, 2015 - The Embassy will not accept bundled documents.  Each document must be separate.


April 24, 2015 - The Embassy will now take 6 business days for regular processing and 2 days for expedited


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.


February 10, 2014 - The Embassy is requiring a new form to replace the G1


August 1, 2013 - The Embassy is raising their fee from $40 per document to $50 per document.  


March 16, 2012 - The Embassy will no longer accept any G-1 where the occupation is listed as "none" or "N/A." 


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.


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 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. http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zwjg/2490/


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


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


As of 2/10/14 - The Embassy is requiring a new form to replace the G1

For your fee, we look over the documents as soon as we receive them and check them for accuracy.  If there are any problems with your documents, we let you know immediately.  We take your documents to the State Department as soon as possible after we receive them.  (The State Department is only open 8AM - 9AM and the mail comes in too late for us to take them through the same day we get them.)  At the State Department, we wait in line to drop off your documents.  They give us a receipt telling us when we can pick them back up.  This can take up to five days, but usually they process them for us in three.  We check to be sure that they authenticate every single document correctly (after all, they're human beings, they make mistakes too) before we leave the State Department.

As soon as that's finished,  we take your documents to the Embassy for Authentication.   We leave your documents with the Embassy and they give us a receipt telling us what day to pick them up.  We double check your documents when we pick them up from the Embassy and then we send the completed documents, along with your receipts, back to you.  If you wish your documents to be forwarded to your someone other than yourself, please include a SASE for us to send your receipts back to you.

The State Department will only let a person take through 15 documents per day.  If you have more than 15 documents, we have to make two trips.  So that'll take an extra day and we will have to divide your documents.   Please write one check to the US Dept of State for the first 15 ($120) and another check for whatever is left over those 15. You do not need to write two checks to the Embassy.  We will take all your documents to the Embassy together.

Also, if you have any documents that are under another Consulate's jurisdiction, we can take those in also.  We have permission to take in any document from any state, as long as we get it authenticated by the US Department of State first.  This way, you can keep your entire dossier together.  I believe we are the only couriers in America with this privilege.

Please use the service of your choice (i.e. FedEx/ExpressMail/UPS) to mail your documents to:
The Assistant Stork
Laura Morrison
2144 Aquia Drive
Stafford, VA  22554
Our phone number is:  540-659-6845

Please be sure to sign the "waiver of signature" on your package if you send your documents via ExpressMail.  We are in DC processing dossiers when the mail carrier arrives.  There is a special place the mail carrier leaves the dossiers that only he or she can see from our door, not visible to the street.  This is not necessary with UPS or FedEx, but please do not REQUIRE a signature.  Do not bother sending your package any faster than Priority Overnight.  We live far enough away from the airport that First Overnight does not get here until long after Steve has left for DC. 

When you get your delivery confirmation, it will say the documents are left on my porch.  That's because they don't have an option that says, "Left inside the box built into the bench seat, completely protected from sun, wind, rain and snow, on the enclosed porch, that you can't see from the street."  

Please email us with your tracking number when you send your documents so we'll know to look for them at asststork@mac.com

Please send:
1.  A personal check, business check, cashier's check or money order made out to "The Assistant Stork" for $75 for the first document, $20 each for additional documents. 

2.  A personal check, business check, cashier's check or money order made out to "U.S. Department of State" for $8 per document. (Two separate checks if more than 15 documents.)  The State Department does not expedite, it will take approximately 4 business days.

3.  A money order, business check or cashier's check (they won't accept personal checks) made out to "The Embassy of  China" for $50 per document = 5 business day turnaround. The Embassy no longer expedites.

4.  A copy of your passport or driver's license - does not need notary

5.  There is a new form that replaced the G1 on February 10th.  It is found on http://newyork.china-consulate.org/eng/lsyw/lszjx/sbgzrz/df/P020120430801985144600.pdf
When you click on this link, it may look like you've been misdirected.  Click on the next link - in among all the Chinese writing, and it will give you the form eventually.  You may have to click on it two or three times. I have attached a sample below. As of 1/15/16, these MUST be typewritten. Hand-written will not be accepted.

6. Your original State Sealed, JAG notarized or American Consulate notarized documents.

7. A COMPLETE BLACK AND WHITE OR GREYSCALE COPY OF YOUR DOCUMENTS (county seal, if applicable, & state seals also) for the Chinese Embassy.  Please do not send color copies. You will NOT be getting the copies back. Please staple each document. (I.e.: State Seal, County seal, document). Please do not send us a bunch of loose copies of your pages and do not staple all your copies into one big bundle.  If your agency requires a copy and we are sending the documents straight to your agency, please include a copy for them as well.  We will make copies of the Federal Seals for the Embassy, but if we need to make copies of the Federal and Embassy seals for your agency, or if you do not make copies for the Embassy, we charge $1.00 per page. 

8.   A prepaid, self addressed FedEx/UPS/ExpressMail (whichever you prefer) envelope for us to send you back your documents.  If you choose to send FedEx or UPS, please get an account number.  They are free and will save you money.  Go to fedex.comups.com, or usps.com to create your labels.  Do not give us a Priority Mail label to send out your completed documents unless you have created the return mailing label on-line at usps.com.  We will not send back anything not trackable.  This is for your protection as well as ours.

9.  A self addressed, stamped envelope for us to send you back your receipts if your documents are being forwarded by us to anyone other than yourself

10. A note with phone numbers where I can reach you if there are any problems.  

Please call or email if you have any other questions.  Our number is 540-659-6845 and we're available M-F from 9AM-4PM EST.   If you choose to phone, please be aware that we are often in an Embassy or the State Department and are not allowed to take calls. Leave a message and we will return your call.
For your fee, we look over the documents as soon as we receive them and check them for accuracy.  If there are any problems with your documents, we let you know immediately.  We take your documents to the State Department as soon as possible after we receive them.  (The State Department is only open 8AM - 9AM and the mail comes in too late for us to take them through the same day we get them.)  At the State Department, we must drop off your documents and they will give us a receipt with the date we are allowed to pick them back up.  This can take 2 - 5 business days, depending on their workload.

As soon as that's finished,  we take your documents to the Embassy for Authentication.   We leave your documents with the Embassy and they give us a receipt telling us what day to pick them up.  We double check your documents when we pick them up from the Embassy and then we send the completed documents, along with your receipts, back to you.  If you wish your documents to be forwarded to someone other than yourself, please include a SASE for us to send your receipts back to you.

The State Department will only let a person take through 15 documents per day.  If you have more than 15 documents, we have to make more than one trip.  For those with more than 15 documents, please write one check to the US Dept of State for the first 15 ($120) and another check for any portion left over, up to the fee for 15 documents. You do not need to write two checks to the Embassy.  We will take all your documents to the Embassy together.

Also, if you have any documents that are under another Consulate's jurisdiction, we can take those in also.  We have permission from the Embassy to take in any document from any state, as long as we get it authenticated by the US Department of State first.  This way, you can keep your entire dossier together.  

Please use the service of your choice (i.e. FedEx/ExpressMail/UPS) to mail your documents to:

The Assistant Stork
Laura Morrison
2144 Aquia Drive
Stafford, VA  22554
Our phone number is:  540-659-6845 

Please be sure to sign the "waiver of signature" on your package if you send your documents via ExpressMail.  We are in DC processing dossiers when the mail carrier arrives.  There is a special place the mail carrier leaves the dossiers that only he or she can see from our door, not visible to the street.  This is not necessary with UPS or FedEx, BUT PLEASE DO NOT REQUIRE A SIGNATURE.  Do not bother sending your package any faster than Standard Overnight.  We live far enough away from the airport that we only get one delivery per day.  Priority Overnight or First Overnight is just a waste of your money for our location.

Please email us with your tracking number when you send your documents so we'll know to look for them.

1.  A check made out to "The Assistant Stork" for our fee of $15 per document, minimum $75 (for 1-5 documents).  If you have 5 documents or fewer, the fee is $75.   Please add an additional flat fee of $25 if you are requesting overnight processing from the Chinese Embassy.

2.  A check made out to "U.S. Department of State" for $8 per document. (Two separate checks if more than 15 documents.)

3.  A company check, money order or cashier's check (they won't accept personal checks) made out to "The Embassy of  China" for $50 per document = 5 day turnaround. Add $20 per document for overnight turnaround.  Please do not include a $5 handling fee.  Since we pick up the completed documents in person, we are not charged that fee.  We do not offer same-day service.

4.  A copy of your passport or driver's license (does not need notary)


6. A COMPLETE COPY OF YOUR DOCUMENTS (county seal, if applicable, & state seals also) for the Chinese Embassy.  You will NOT be getting the copies back.  If you forget to make copies for the Embassy, we charge $1.00 per page to make the copies for you.

7.  A prepaid, self addressed FedEx/UPS/ExpressMail (whichever you prefer) envelope for us to send you back your documents.  If you choose to send FedEx or UPS, please get an account number.  They are free and will save you money.  Go to fedex.comups.com, or usps.com to create your labels.  Do not give us a Priority Mail label to send out your completed documents unless you have created the return mailing label on-line at usps.com.  We will not send back anything not trackable.  This is for your protection as well as ours.

8.  A self addressed, stamped envelope for us to send you back your receipts if your documents are being forwarded by us to anyone other than yourself.

9. A note with phone numbers and email addresses where I can reach you if there are any problems. 

If you have any questions or  concerns, you can reach us by email or phone, M-F 9 AM - 4 PM. Our number is 540-659-6845.
For your fee, we look over the documents as soon as we receive them and check them for accuracy.  If there are any problems with your documents, we let you know immediately.  We take your documents to the State Department as soon as possible after we receive them.  (The State Department is only open 8AM - 9AM and the mail comes in too late for us to take them through the same day we get them.)  At the State Department, we must drop off your documents and they will give us a receipt with the date we are allowed to pick them back up.  This can take 2 - 5 business days, depending on their workload.

As soon as that's finished,  we take your documents to the Embassy for Authentication.   We leave your documents with the Embassy and they give us a receipt telling us what day to pick them up.  We double check your documents when we pick them up from the Embassy and then we send the completed documents, along with your receipts, back to you.  If you wish your documents to be forwarded to someone other than yourself, please include a SASE for us to send your receipts back to you.

The State Department will only let a person take through 15 documents per day.  If you have more than 15 documents, we have to make more than one trip.  For those with more than 15 documents, please write one check to the US Dept of State for the first 15 ($120) and another check for any portion left over, up to the fee for 15 documents. You do not need to write two checks to the Embassy.  We will take all your documents to the Embassy together.

Also, if you have any documents that are under another Consulate's jurisdiction, we can take those in also.  We have permission from the Embassy to take in any document from any state, as long as we get it authenticated by the US Department of State first.  This way, you can keep your entire dossier together.  

Please use the service of your choice (i.e. FedEx/ExpressMail/UPS) to mail your documents to:

The Assistant Stork
Laura Morrison
2144 Aquia Drive
Stafford, VA  22554
Our phone number is:  540-659-6845 

Please be sure to sign the "waiver of signature" on your package if you send your documents via ExpressMail.  We are in DC processing dossiers when the mail carrier arrives.  There is a special place the mail carrier leaves the dossiers that only he or she can see from our door, not visible to the street.  This is not necessary with UPS or FedEx, BUT PLEASE DO NOT REQUIRE A SIGNATURE.  Do not bother sending your package any faster than Standard Overnight.  We live far enough away from the airport that we only get one delivery per day.  Priority Overnight or First Overnight is just a waste of your money for our location.

Please email us with your tracking number when you send your documents so we'll know to look for them.

1.  A check made out to "The Assistant Stork" for our fee of $15 per document, minimum $75 (for 1-5 documents).  If you have 5 documents or fewer, the fee is $75.   Please add an additional flat fee of $25 if you are requesting overnight processing from the Chinese Embassy.

2.  A check made out to "U.S. Department of State" for $8 per document. (Two separate checks if more than 15 documents.)

3.  A company check, money order or cashier's check (they won't accept personal checks) made out to "The Embassy of  China" for $50 per document = 5 day turnaround. Add $20 per document for overnight turnaround.  Please do not include a $5 handling fee.  Since we pick up the completed documents in person, we are not charged that fee.  We do not offer same-day service.

4.  A copy of your passport or driver's license (does not need notary)


6. A COMPLETE COPY OF YOUR DOCUMENTS (county seal, if applicable, & state seals also) for the Chinese Embassy.  You will NOT be getting the copies back.  If you forget to make copies for the Embassy, we charge $1.00 per page to make the copies for you.

7.  A prepaid, self addressed FedEx/UPS/ExpressMail (whichever you prefer) envelope for us to send you back your documents.  If you choose to send FedEx or UPS, please get an account number.  They are free and will save you money.  Go to fedex.comups.com, or usps.com to create your labels.  Do not give us a Priority Mail label to send out your completed documents unless you have created the return mailing label on-line at usps.com.  We will not send back anything not trackable.  This is for your protection as well as ours.

8.  A self addressed, stamped envelope for us to send you back your receipts if your documents are being forwarded by us to anyone other than yourself.

9. A note with phone numbers and email addresses where I can reach you if there are any problems. 

If you have any questions or  concerns, you can reach us by email or phone, M-F 9 AM - 4 PM. Our number is 540-659-6845.