Asked by Auston Louis from USA | Jun. 12, 2020 20:59
About:China Embassy in U.S.A.

China's procedure to authenticate marriage license

My Chinese wife and I were married on Guam, which is a US territory. I live in New Mexico and visit her in China via multiple stays of 60 days as per my visa. What is the procedure to authenticate our marriage license so that I can upgrade my tourist visa to a family/spousal visa?

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Answered by Judice from USA | Jun. 17, 2020 19:00
Step 1 Have your document notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original certified copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/ State/local Office.

Step 2 The document needs further to be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first. For Federally issued certifications, skip this step, go directly to Step 3.

Step 3 If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction over you state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization; if not, please get your document authenticated by the U. S. State Department before the Chinese Embassy can finally legalize it. (Please note that your legalization application may be rejected by the Embassy/Consulate General that does not hold consular jurisdiction over the state where your document is executed.)
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