About the Visa Centre

1. Background to the establishment of the Visa Centre
China’s rapid opening up in recent years, amid the ongoing globalization process, has led to a remarkable increase in its people-to-people exchanges with other countries, creating a great demand for Chinese visas.

 

Chinese Embassies and Consulates-General have been working hard to improve the quality of their visa services; however, with limited staff and available space, many have become overwhelmed with the increasing quantity of visa applications.

 

In recent years, many countries facing such problems have chosen to introduce the Visa Application Service Centre system offering a wider range of more efficient services to visa applicants; Chinese Embassies and Consulates-General handling a large quantity of visa applications in certain key countries decided to follow this trend.
 

Up to now, dozens of Chinese Visa Application Service Centres have been thus established in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America to provide quality Chinese visa services. 
 

2.What the Visa Centre offers
The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (hereinafter referred to as the “Visa Centre”) is a commercial service organization registered in accordance with local laws and regulations and recognized by a Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General to handle the daily routine work of processing ordinary visa applications.  However, it operates independently of diplomatic missions and is neither a branch nor an affiliated organ. Its main services are:

 

(1) To receive visa applicants and ensure their application documents meet Chinese Government requirements for smooth processing in the various visa categories.

 

(2) To provide applicants with intermediate business services, including computer entry of basic information, and transmission of the passport, visa, and other application documents between the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General and the applicant.

 

(3) To collect visa fees, whether for normal, express or rush service in accordance with the requirements of a Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General and, on their behalf, deliver the passport and visa to the applicant.

 

(4) To release visa information in a timely manner, answer customer inquiries and provide assistance through the Visa Centre’s website, information desk, telephone, and e-mail.

 

(5) To provide the applicant with other necessary services in accordance with requirements of a Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General.

 

3. How the Centre Benefits Visa Applicants
(1) GOOD LOCATION: In order to provide applicants with a welcoming environment for visa applicants and easy access, the Visa Centres are usually located in top-grade commercial buildings in convenient locations in major cities of each host country.
  

(2) FULL USE OF NETWORK TECHNOLOGY: The Visa Centres have their own websites providing up-to-date online information, online consultation, online form completion and online visa application status query services.
 

(3) STEPS TO REDUCE WAITING TIMES: In order to ensure efficient application processing and promote quality service, the Visa Centres normally use an online appointment system and queuing ticket machines installed in their reception areas. This is especially helpful in ensuring waiting times which are short even during peak application periods.
 

(4) CUSTOMER-ORIENTED: The Visa Centres work hard to be fully focused on applicants needs. In order to facilitate the receipt and processing of applications, they open sufficient windows to provide quality service. In the reception lobby, there is a receptionist responsible for guiding applicants and providing on-site consulting services; special windows are also provided for travel agencies and physically challenged applicants, and a VIP room is designed for distinguished guests or other applicants with special needs. In addition, applicants can obtain all kinds of visa information from leaflets and posters and enjoy visa consultation services through telephone, fax, and mail.
  

(5) POSTAL SERVICE AVAILABLE: In order to meet the needs of applicants with travel difficulties, some Visa Centres provide postal application services based on local circumstances.
  

(6) CONSTANT MONITORING: Through a Visa Application Processing & Integrated Service Platform, the operation and management centre can monitor all Visa Centres’ operations and services in real time so as to provide rapid technical support and handle operational emergencies as well as service quality monitoring.

 

4. Operating Company of the Visa Centre
The Centre is operated by China Bridge Group(Canada) Ltd., and its operation conforms strictly with the relevant laws of Canada.

 

5. Trademarks of the Centre
The Logos of the Centre (includingand) are trademarks legally approved and registered in Canada, and are under the protection of the relevant laws and regulations of Canada. Any infringement on the owner’s exclusive right to use the aforementioned trademarks in any way is strictly prohibited.”

 

While providing you with high quality services, the Centre kindly reminds you to carefully read the Terms and Conditions before submitting an application. 

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I. Application Procedure: Step 1 The document shall be sent to a local notary public, lawyer or Commissioner of Oaths of Canada for notarization. Step 2 The notarized document shall be brought to the Chambre des Notaires du Québec (Adresse: 2045 Rue Stanley, suite 101 Montréal, Québec, Tel: 5148791793) or the government of New Brunswick (Address: P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., Tel: 5064444417) for authentication. Step 3 The authenticated document shall be submitted to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre for consular authentication by the Chinese General Consulate in Montreal. Notes: If the applicant would like to bring the document to one of Chinese Consulates-General in Canada for consular authentication (Please click here for the consular jurisdiction of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in Canada ),the notarized document shall be authenticated by the authentication office of the corresponding province or territory(Click here for the contact information of the above-mentioned offices). II. Important notes: 1. The document for consulate authentication should be true and lawful, and doesn’t contain any content which is injurious to national interests or social public interests of China; 2. If the document submitted for consular authentication contains more than one page, it shall be properly bound as a volume by applying sealing wax, eyelets, paging seal, steel seal or other methods to avoid any substitution and ensure the integrity of the documents . 3. According to the provisions of the relevant authorities of China, the certificate for no spouse or single status affidavit used for marriage registration in China remains valid for 6 months from the date of issuance. Therefore, the applicant should apply for it again if the mentioned certificate has been issued for more than 6 months from the date of issuance. 4. Notarial certificates of marriage status, health and non-criminal record, which are for the purpose of adoption in China, shall not be legalized if they have been issued for more than six months. 5. Consular officers of the Embassy or Consulates-General of China in Canada will review the documents to be authenticated. The Embassy or Consulates-General will not authenticate a document if its notarization or legalization procedure is found to be incomplete, its content is against Chinese laws and regulations, its format fails to meet the standards, or it is found to be forged or altered. 6. Consular officers may request the applicant to provide additional documentation to support the application. 7. If the content of an authenticated document is forged or altered, the consular authentication shall be invalid. 8. An authenticated document shall not be forged or altered. Any legal liability caused by the applicant's forgery or alteration of the document shall be borne by the applicant. 9. A document can only contain one single issue. A document that contains more than one issues or includes unrelated content should not be accepted for consular authentication.10. Documents issued in China, such as notarized certificates, IDs, Driver’s Licenses, Marriage Certificates, and so on, will not be accepted for consular authentication. 11. The Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General only confirm the authenticity of the signatures of the authentication officers and official seals of the Global Affairs Canada or the authorized departments or organizations of local governments , and should not be responsible for the content of the authenticated documents.III. Documents Required for Application 1. One fully and accurately completed and signed Application Form for Consular Legalization (Please click here to download) by the applicant. 2. The original and a photocopy of the document that has been authenticated by the Canadian authentication authorities. 3. The original and a photocopy of the data page of the applicant's valid passport or driver’s license. The passport or driver’s license will be returned as soon as the application is accepted. 4. The original and a photocopy of the permanent resident card, study permit or work permit(if applicable) is also needed, if the applicant is not a Canadian citizen. The above-mentioned original card or permit will be returned as soon as the application is accepted. 5. If an applicant entrusts someone else to submit the application on his/her behalf, a photocopy of both the entrusted person's and the applicant's passport or driver’s license should be provided. 6. If a document is of a company or an organization, a photocopy of the passport of the legal representative of the company or organization and an official document that can prove the person's legal representative status should be provided. Consular Authentication Process
I. Application Procedure:
Step 1
The document shall be sent to a local notary public, lawyer or Commissioner of Oaths of Canada for notarization.
Step 2
The notarized document shall be brought to the Chambre des Notaires du Québec (Adresse: 2045 Rue Stanley, suite 101 Montréal, Québec, Tel: 5148791793) or the government of New Brunswick (Address: P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., Tel: 5064444417) for authentication.
Step 3
The authenticated document shall be submitted to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre for consular authentication by the Chinese General Consulate in Montreal.
    Notes: If the applicant would like to bring the document to one of Chinese Consulates-General in Canada for consular authentication (Please click here for the consular jurisdiction of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in Canada ),the notarized document shall be authenticated by the authentication office of the corresponding province or territory(Click here for the contact information of the above-mentioned offices).

II. Important notes:
    1. The document for consulate authentication should be true and lawful, and doesn’t contain any content which is injurious to national interests or social public interests of China;
    2. If the document submitted for consular authentication contains more than one page, it shall be properly bound as a volume by applying sealing wax, eyelets, paging seal, steel seal or other methods to avoid any substitution and ensure the integrity of the documents .  
    3. According to the provisions of the relevant authorities of China, the certificate for no spouse or single status affidavit used for marriage registration in China remains valid for 6 months from the date of issuance. Therefore, the applicant should apply for it again if the mentioned certificate has been issued for more than 6 months from the date of issuance. 
    4. Notarial certificates of marriage status, health and non-criminal record, which are for the purpose of adoption in China, shall not be legalized if they have been issued for more than six months.
    5. Consular officers of the Embassy or Consulates-General of China in Canada will review the documents to be authenticated. The Embassy or Consulates-General will not authenticate a document if its notarization or legalization procedure is found to be incomplete, its content is against Chinese laws and regulations, its format fails to meet the standards, or it is found to be forged or altered.
    6. Consular officers may request the applicant to provide additional documentation to support the application.
    7. If the content of an authenticated document is forged or altered, the consular authentication shall be invalid.
    8. An authenticated document shall not be forged or altered. Any legal liability caused by the applicant's forgery or alteration of the document shall be borne by the applicant.
    9. A document can only contain one single issue. A document that contains more than one issues or includes unrelated content should not be accepted for consular authentication.
  10. Documents issued in China, such as notarized certificates, IDs, Driver’s Licenses, Marriage Certificates, and so on, will not be accepted for consular authentication.
 11. The Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General only confirm the authenticity of the signatures of the authentication officers and official seals of the Global Affairs Canada or the authorized departments or organizations of local governments , and should not be responsible for the content of the authenticated documents.

III. Documents Required for Application
    1. One fully and accurately completed and signed Application Form for Consular Legalization (Please click here to download) by the applicant. 
    2. The original and a photocopy of the document that has been authenticated by the Canadian authentication authorities.
    3. The original and a photocopy of the data page of the applicant's valid passport or driver’s license. The passport or driver’s license will be returned as soon as the application is accepted.
    4. The original and a photocopy of the permanent resident card, study permit or work permit(if applicable) is also needed, if the applicant is not a Canadian citizen. The above-mentioned original card or permit will be returned as soon as the application is accepted.
    5. If an applicant entrusts someone else to submit the application on his/her behalf, a photocopy of both the entrusted person's and the applicant's passport or driver’s license should be provided.
    6. If a document is of a company or an organization, a photocopy of the passport of the legal representative of the company or organization and an official document that can prove the person's legal representative status should be provided.
About the Visa Centre

1. Background to the establishment of the Visa Centre
China’s rapid opening up in recent years, amid the ongoing globalization process, has led to a remarkable increase in its people-to-people exchanges with other countries, creating a great demand for Chinese visas.

 

Chinese Embassies and Consulates-General have been working hard to improve the quality of their visa services; however, with limited staff and available space, many have become overwhelmed with the increasing quantity of visa applications.

 

In recent years, many countries facing such problems have chosen to introduce the Visa Application Service Centre system offering a wider range of more efficient services to visa applicants; Chinese Embassies and Consulates-General handling a large quantity of visa applications in certain key countries decided to follow this trend.
 

Up to now, dozens of Chinese Visa Application Service Centres have been thus established in Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America to provide quality Chinese visa services. 
 

2.What the Visa Centre offers
The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (hereinafter referred to as the “Visa Centre”) is a commercial service organization registered in accordance with local laws and regulations and recognized by a Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General to handle the daily routine work of processing ordinary visa applications.  However, it operates independently of diplomatic missions and is neither a branch nor an affiliated organ. Its main services are:

 

(1) To receive visa applicants and ensure their application documents meet Chinese Government requirements for smooth processing in the various visa categories.

 

(2) To provide applicants with intermediate business services, including computer entry of basic information, and transmission of the passport, visa, and other application documents between the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General and the applicant.

 

(3) To collect visa fees, whether for normal, express or rush service in accordance with the requirements of a Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General and, on their behalf, deliver the passport and visa to the applicant.

 

(4) To release visa information in a timely manner, answer customer inquiries and provide assistance through the Visa Centre’s website, information desk, telephone, and e-mail.

 

(5) To provide the applicant with other necessary services in accordance with requirements of a Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General.

 

3. How the Centre Benefits Visa Applicants
(1) GOOD LOCATION: In order to provide applicants with a welcoming environment for visa applicants and easy access, the Visa Centres are usually located in top-grade commercial buildings in convenient locations in major cities of each host country.
  

(2) FULL USE OF NETWORK TECHNOLOGY: The Visa Centres have their own websites providing up-to-date online information, online consultation, online form completion and online visa application status query services.
 

(3) STEPS TO REDUCE WAITING TIMES: In order to ensure efficient application processing and promote quality service, the Visa Centres normally use an online appointment system and queuing ticket machines installed in their reception areas. This is especially helpful in ensuring waiting times which are short even during peak application periods.
 

(4) CUSTOMER-ORIENTED: The Visa Centres work hard to be fully focused on applicants needs. In order to facilitate the receipt and processing of applications, they open sufficient windows to provide quality service. In the reception lobby, there is a receptionist responsible for guiding applicants and providing on-site consulting services; special windows are also provided for travel agencies and physically challenged applicants, and a VIP room is designed for distinguished guests or other applicants with special needs. In addition, applicants can obtain all kinds of visa information from leaflets and posters and enjoy visa consultation services through telephone, fax, and mail.
  

(5) POSTAL SERVICE AVAILABLE: In order to meet the needs of applicants with travel difficulties, some Visa Centres provide postal application services based on local circumstances.
  

(6) CONSTANT MONITORING: Through a Visa Application Processing & Integrated Service Platform, the operation and management centre can monitor all Visa Centres’ operations and services in real time so as to provide rapid technical support and handle operational emergencies as well as service quality monitoring.

 

4. Operating Company of the Visa Centre
The Centre is operated by China Bridge Group(Canada) Ltd., and its operation conforms strictly with the relevant laws of Canada.

 

5. Trademarks of the Centre
The Logos of the Centre (includingand) are trademarks legally approved and registered in Canada, and are under the protection of the relevant laws and regulations of Canada. Any infringement on the owner’s exclusive right to use the aforementioned trademarks in any way is strictly prohibited.”

 

While providing you with high quality services, the Centre kindly reminds you to carefully read the Terms and Conditions before submitting an application.