What is dual authentication?
Dual authentication, also called consular authentication, means the authentication by the embassy
(consulate) of the country in China that uses the notarization after the authentication procedures
of the Department of Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country or the Foreign
Affairs Offices of the relevant provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
Under what circumstances is dual authentication required?
In the process of applying for studying abroad, many countries require notarization and dual authentication.
In addition, notarization and dual authentication are also required for house purchase overseas.
How long does dual authentication generally take?
It generally takes 7 to 15 working days. The US, UK and Canada have more requirements for double authentication
of documents. Therefore, the embassies and consulates provide extra urgent processing channels, about 3 working
days at the soonest.
Under what circumstances is lawyer notarization required?
A Hong Kong company sets up a foreign-invested enterprise or Sino-foreign joint venture in China;
A Hong Kong company invests abroad, merges and acquires overseas enterprises;
A Hong Kong company is involved in a lawsuit.
What is Apostille?
The Apostille is the second authentication of the issuer (notary office or international notary public)
who has been authenticated for the first time to authenticate that the notary office or international
notary public is qualified for issuing the original authentication documents. In other words, the Apostille
is to authenticate the authenticator.
Under what circumstances is Apostille required?
If a company needs to bring a certain certificate to overseas for use, international notarization is required.
Scope of Apostille:
Personal documents: marriage certificate, birth certificate, adoption, kinship,
work experience, authorization letter, green card, passport, etc.;
Company documents: registration certificates, corporate capacity, contracts, statements,
asset certificates, shareholders information, articles of association, etc.