• U.S. Diploma Holders Subject to New Notarization Requirement
  • July 13, 2017
  • As a result of a recent policy change implemented by the Chinese Embassy in the United States in relation to the new Chinese unified immigration system, Chinese work authorization applicants with U.S. university diplomas must either have their university registrar certify their diploma before a notary, or, in certain locations, may certify the diploma themselves before having it notarized. Diplomas are required for every Chinese work authorization application. This policy change may result in extended legalization processing times and delayed work authorization approvals in China. Applicants with pending applications where diplomas were already certified by another process must withdraw their application and obtain a diploma certified under the new method.

    In addition, in certain U.S. states, the Secretary of State offices will only authenticate diplomas that have been certified by the school registrar. Where there is doubt, applicants will be advised not to certify the diploma themselves before a notary, but instead, obtain this certified and notarized copy from the school registrar. Although this may be a longer process, it is accepted by the Secretary of State in all states and by the Chinese Embassy.

    What This Means for Foreign Nationals

    Foreign nationals in the United States:

    For foreign nationals in the United States, since Chinese consular posts in the United States still accept diplomas notarized by the university registrar, to avoid potential rejections, Fragomen will now implement this as the default approach for diploma legalizations.