Fees, Processing Time & Payments

How to apply

1. Please submit your application to Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General as described in Step 3 of Authentication Procedures. You may submit your application in person, or use an agent (Power of Attorney not necessary). Please note that you may be required to come to the Visa Office in person to have an interview as deemed necessary by a consular officer.

2. Walk-in service is available during office hours. Appointment is NOT required for submission or collection of your authentication documents.

3. Mail-in authentication applications are NOT accepted. (Check detailed requirements here)

4. You or your agent will be able to pick up your documents on the date printed on your Pick-up slip, unless otherwise notified by the Visa Office.  Mail-back document service is NOT provided.

5. You must pay the authentication fee once your application is processed and approved.

Processing Time 

  Regular service: 4 business days

  Express service: 2-3 business days

Rush service: 1 business day. Available only in extreme emergencies and subject to approval by the consular officer.


1. The above processing time is average and for reference only. Some applications may require longer processing time that a pick-up date cannot be confirmed until notified by the Visa Office.

2. Processing time for mail-in applications is 7 business days, no express service is provided. (Check detailed info here)


1.  Regular Service

  Civil documents:  $25 per item

  Commercial documents:  $50 per item

2. Express Service:  an additional fee of $20 per item

3. Rush service:  an additional fee of $30 per item

  Note: Mail-in applications will be charged an additional handling fee of $5 per package.(Check detailed info here)

Methods of Payment

1. You must pay your authentication fee upon collection of your documents.

2. (For walk-in service) Acceptable methods of payment are:  credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), money order, cashier's check or company check.

3. Please make your check or money order payable to "Chinese Embassy" (for applications submitted to the Embassy), or to "Chinese Consulate in XXX"(for applications submitted to the Consulate General in XXX city)

4. Please make sure you have the exact and correct amount written on your check/money order. No erroneous check will be accepted.

5. Cash, personal check or online payment is NOT accepted. No credit card other than a Visa or Mastercard is accepted.

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