The Chinese government will join the Apostille Convention, a change that is expected to decrease the time required to authenticate certain documents.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Nov. 7, 2023, the Apostille Convention will enter into force for China.
  • Individuals will receive a single Apostille by a Competent Authority in the country where the document originated.
  • Individuals will need an Apostille  if all of the following apply:
    • The country where the document was issued and the country where the document is to be used have joined the Apostille Convention.
    • The law of the country where the document was issued considers it a public document.
    • The country that will use the document requires an Apostille to recognize it as a foreign public document.

Additional Information: The electronic Apostille Program was launched in 2006 to support the electronic issuance and verification of Apostilles around the world. China will join 122 other countries who are a part of the Convention. More information on the Apostille Convention is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Chinese government has joined the Apostille Convention with intent to improve and ease the time required to authenticate certain public documents.

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