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cmknight Post time: 2017-8-27 23:08
Again, you are wrong. Chinese Consulates have nothing to do with this process. The foreign teacher ...
Again, you are wrong. Chinese Consulates have nothing to do with this process. The foreign teacher's paperwork is looked at by a Chinese Visa Cente
I have done the process about 5 times in as many years, at a Chinese consulate in my home country.
In my country, there is no Chinese Visa Center - visa applications, and document authentications, are done at the consulate.
I have also done the same process reversed - legalizing Chinese documents to be used in my home country. This also has included authenticatiing the document first as Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, and then at my home country's consulate in Beijing.
As I have no experience with Chinese Visa Centers, I cannot comment on their functions.
But my own country has visa centers in China. I don't think that they handle document authentications at all, but as far as visas for Chinese nationals go, those visa centers will only receive and screen the application material, and then send them to Beijing or Shanghai (along with the applicant's passport) to the actual consulate for processing. From there the passport with visa (unless rejected) is sent back to the visa center for pickup.
The function of visa center in this case is only slightly more than a post office.
Visa centers of my home country in China are operated by commercial operator named VFS Global, and the same company also serves number of other countries in similar fashion. Tthey are not qualified to make the final decision about anything - consulate does all the decisions.
I base my my information on this - and extend it to at least the numerous other countries who employ a similar outsourced visa center scheme.
I don't know where you are from, or how the Chinese Visa Centers in your country operate - but I would be surprised if it was anyone but an employee of the consulate doing the authentication - whether he did this in office at the consulate, or two blocks away at the Visa Center, is really irrelevant.
EDIT: I checked website of random Chinese Visa Application Service Center (specifically in Canada). The important piece is in the FAQ: "Please note that the Visa Centre does not participate in the assessment and approval of Chinese visas." - Despite being a visa center, the centre itself does not approve any visas.
I am quite sure that this also applies to document authentications. The center is only responsible for receiving and screening the applications, and delivering finished items for customers. For actual authentication, the documents go to the consulate and back.