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IMPORTANT NEWS

Our cooperation with the German Embassy and Consulates in China has ended.

Since February 20, 2019 TLScontact is no longer accepting visa applications on behalf of the German missions in China.

Applicants whose applications are still processed by the German missions should contact the German missions regarding their application status.

The website and locations of the new service provider for visa applications are published through the website of the Embassy of Germany.

 

Minors

Children under the age of 18 are minors. They benefit from a special legal protection and have limited rights and obligations. Therefore the following points must be considered during the visa application process:

 

1. Application submission by minors

Fingerprints: Children under the age of 12 are exempt from biometric data capture. Starting from their 12th birthday, minors must provide fingerprint scans.

Application submission/ personal appearance: Children under the age of 12 or minors who have previously provided biometric data during the Schengen visa application process are not required to attend the visa application centre. The application can be submitted by a parent or a representative authorized by the parents.

Signature on the application form: For applicants under the age of 18, the application form must be signed by at least one parent.

Signature in the passport: Passports of minors below the age of 10 can, but do not need to be signed. Applicants who are 10 or above must sign the passport. Parents or any other person(s) are not allowed to sign a minors’ passport. In this case, the passport cannot be used to apply for a German Schengen visa.

 

2. Special documents for minors:

In case of minor applicants, the German Diplomatic Missions are legally obliged to check that the parents have consented to the trip. Therefore the following documents are required from minor applicants:

a) Birth certificate

The birth certificate must be in notarial form (公证书) and legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Foreign Office of the provincial government. The notarial certificate must contain a German or English translation. Unless these conditions are met, the birth certificate cannot be accepted. Birth certificates issued by a hospital or an entry into the Hukou book are not sufficient proof of parenthood for visa application purposes.

The original notarial certificate will be returned to you together with the passport after completion of the visa application process and can be used again for future visa applications. The visa section only keeps a copy in its archive.

b) Parental authority

In the event that one or both parents are not accompanying the minor a notarial certificate of parental authority legalized by the Chinese Ministry Of Foreign Affairs or by the Foreign Office of the provincial government, should be provided along with a translation in German or English. This document should be signed by the not-accompanying parent or both not-accompanying parents.

If only one parent accompanies the child or the child travels without parents (example: school exchange group) the parental authority delegation must be signed by the not-accompanying parent or both not-accompanying parents.

The parental authority delegation must be in notarial form (公证书) and legalized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Foreign Office of the provincial government. The notarial certificate must contain a German or English translation. Only in this form can the parental authority delegation be accepted.

 

- Specifics of the parental authority:

If one parent lives in Germany:

If one parent lives in Germany and the child wants to visit its parent, the parent living in Germany does not need to provide a parental authority delegation. In this circumstance, the visa section requires a copy of the valid German residence permit of the parent, along with a copy of the passport including the signature page. In addition, the parent living in Germany needs to issue an invitation letter.

If the parent who lives in China is not accompanying the child to Germany a notarized parental authority delegation signed by this parent should be submitted. 

If one parent lives abroad (outside Germany):

If one parent lives abroad, this parent needs to legalize the parental authority delegation at the Chinese Diplomatic mission in the country of residence. The original parental authority delegation needs to be submitted during the visa application process.

If the child grows up only with one parent:

Divorce: If the minor’s parents are divorced the divorce settlement or divorce decree with a German or English translation needs to be submitted in notarial and legalized form. The original notarial certificate will be returned to you together with the passport after completion of the visa application process and can be used again for future visa applications. The visa section only keeps a copy in its archive.

Deceased parent: If one parent is deceased, a certificate of death with a German or English translation needs to be submitted in notarial and legalized form.  The original notarial certificate will be returned to you together with the passport after completion of the visa application process and can be used again for future visa applications. The visa section only keeps a copy in its archive.

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