China – Notary Public helping business office registration
Notary public assisting businesses going to China
In our experience, the number of Australian businesses that have set up representative offices in China has increased over the last few years. If you are an existing business in Australia wishing to register a representative office in China, then our notary services can assist you.
You must make your own enquiries with the local authorities or relevant government departments in China as to their various requirements. However, in general, you must prove that you are an Australian business or a company registered in Australia (ie, certificate of incorporation or a current company extract) and you may need to prove that you have sufficient capital or financial resources (ie, a letter from your bank or a bank statement).
Once you have the necessary documents, you must follow a number of formal and regulatory requirements before you can register a representative office in China. For example, all documentary evidence must be notarised by a notary public, presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for authentication, and then to the Chinese Consulate (Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in your closest capital city) for legalisation.
Your documents will be rejected if you sent them to China without following this process.
English to Chinese translation requirements
Although the majority of our clients do not have their documents translated from English to Chinese, you might need to have your documents translated depending on where you will be using your documents and for what purpose. We encourage you to make your own enquiries regarding whether a translation is necessary for your situation. Also determine whether the documents should be translated before or after they have been notarised, authenticated and legalised.
Also, consider that translations from English to Chinese for use in China should follow the translation accreditation that exists in China. If you want us to assist you to arrange translation, we can rely on NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Limited) accredited translators and generally arrange for the documents to be translated before they are notarised by our experienced notary public. NAATI is the accreditation for translators in Australia but NAATI accredited translators may not be recognised or accepted in China.
Do you have any questions regarding this article?
Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.
Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.
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Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.
Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.