The People’s Republic of China has not signed The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961) official documents are therefore required to be notarised by a notary public, Authenticated/ legalised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa and the Chinese Consulate or Embassy. Basically, to be able to use your documents in China you will need to legalise them before you apply for your Z Visa.
Note: documents must be legalised in the country of issue.
To legalise South African public documents, you have to follow the three steps outlined below:
Your bachelor’s degree needs to be authenticated/ certified by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
The process varies slightly depending on from which institution you obtained your qualifications:
Your TEFL certificate will need to be notarised by a notary public and in some instances, authorised by the South African High Court
Or authenticated/ certified by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
Police Clearance Certificate
Your police clearance certificate does not need to be notarised. Please proceed to step 2.
Department of Basic Education (DBE) and/or Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET):
Tertiary Qualifications will need to be verified by SAQA
Step 2: Get your documents legalised by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).
You can get a South African public document ‘legalised’ by asking the South African government to confirm that a official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.
How to submit documentation to the Legalisation Section
Documents can be submitted to the Legalisation Section by one of the following means:
Option 1: Submission in person
Option 2: Submission via a courier service
Option 3: Submission by registered mail
- a completed application form
- original copies and photocopies of your documents legalised by DIRCO
- passport and a photocopy of your passport