Buying and Selling Houses in China
If you plan to buy/sell/manage property in China without going to China personally, you have to provide your representative in China with a power of attorney.
The POA must be authenticated by a Chinese Consulate in order to be useable in China.
In China, regulations related to property are very strict, and different cities may have different policies. We will help you get the documents you need authenticated by the Chinese Consulate. However, authentication does not guarantee your POA content will be accepted in China.
To avoid potential problems, please follow these guidelines:
1. Ask the person/company that will handle your affairs in China for information concerning these questions:
# Can they give you a POA template? If yes, use theirs. (We can also send you a template for reference.)
# If you are married, ask if you and your spouse should prepare the POA together? Or does your spouse need to write a separate statement to declare that he/she has nothing to do with the property.
# If you are single, do you need a Single Status Affidavit or other statement of your status?
# How many copies of the POA will be needed? (We regularly see our clients apply for 1 copy, and come back later for more copies.)
2. Send a draft version of the POA based on the template to your representative in China for review, to make sure the contents are fully acceptable.
3.Email the document to us and we will review it for you. (Please note that we accept no responsibility for error in the content you provide to us. We will review the documents solely based on our experience with the consulate, offer an opinion on acceptability.)
Step 1 Have a Notary Public notarize your documents as needed. (Please let the Notary Public know that the documents are for use overseas.)
Step 2 Certified by the County Clerk
The State of New York requires this step, but many states do not. Please contact the Secretary of State’s office in your state to inquire.
Step 3 Authenticated by the Secretary of State’s office
# Please indicate that the document is for the People’s Republic of China so that the Secretary of State’s office will do a document authentication instead of an apostille.
# The Secretary of State’s office will staple a cover sheet to your document. Please do not remove the staple/rivet for any reason; removal of the staple/rivet will invalidate the authentication.
Step 4 Authenticated by Chinese Consulate
# Send your documents to Omni Visa and we will complete this step for you.
# We may only accept documents that have been authenticated by these Secretary of States’ offices: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
1. Chinese Consulate Document Authentication Application Form
# Please click here to download the application form
or use this link https://omnivisas.com/chinese-consulate-document-authentication-application-form/
# Please sign this form with a pen; a digital signature is not acceptable.
2. Photocopy of the applicant’s ID.(Acceptable IDs are listed below; you only need to provide one.)
# Photocopy of U.S. passport or;
# Photocopy of Chinese passport or;
# Photocopy of U.S. driver’s license (State photo ID) or;
# Photocopy of U.S. green card or;
# Photocopy of any passport from another country + plus proof of long-term U.S. visa (I20 or I797 is acceptable, B1/B2 is not acceptable).
3. Omni Visa Order Form
# Please click here to fill out the application form online
or use this link https://omnivisas.com/omni-visa-document-authentication-order-form/
# Use this form to tell us your contact and shipping information. This form is also a cost calculator.
# After you submit the order form online, a copy will be sent to your email.
# Please check your email inbox (or sometimes your spam folder), print the email and mail it to us with other documents.
4. Original documents authenticated by the Secretary of State’s office.(Please do not remove the staple/rivet for any reason; removal of the staple/rivet will invalidate the authentication.)
5. Photocopies of documents authenticated by the Secretary of State’s office. Please include a photocopy of each page of these documents.
Using Omni Visa for County/State and Chinese Consulate Steps (Personal Document)
|Processing Time||Total Fees ( Service fee and Consulate/Government Fee included)|
|15 Business Days||$165 Per Document|
|12 Business Days||$265 Per Document|
|9 Business Days (Appointment needed)||$315 Per Document|
|6-7 Business Days (Appointment needed)||$455 Per Document|
Using Omni Visa for Chinese Consulate Step Only (Personal Document)
|Processing Time||Consulate Fee||Service Fee||Total Fees|
|12 Business Days||$25||$87||$112 Per Document|
|10 Business Days||$25||$127||$152 Per Document|
|8 Business Days (Appointment needed)||$25||$167||$192 Per Document|
|6 Business Days (Appointment needed)||$25||$217||$242 Per Document|