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  1. Congratulations on the birth of your baby Here are some hints on obtaining a passport for your child: • Unless you are a Chinese citizen, your baby is not a Chinese citizen and therefore must have their own passport from your home country. • Passport photos are needed with baby’s eyes open (you need about 6 photos). • Prior to delivery, check with your Consulate office regarding their requirements. • Some embassies will simply ask you to make an application at your embassy for the passport, but other embassies require for the Birth Certificate to be “translated” and certified/notarized by the Shanghai Notary Public office. • Other embassies may need you to also “authenticate” details. For this you need to go to the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Service Center. Registration in “Home Country” It is suggested to register your baby’s birth in your home country as well. This may make it easier to obtain a copy of the birth record when repatriated, in the case of a lost original document. More information (definitions): What does it mean to authenticate a document? An authentication is the certification of the genuineness of a signature of a notary or government official. Documents that may require an authentication include legal instruments notarized by foreign notaries. To permit authentication, a Chinese notary public office at city or county level must first notarize the documents (Example: birth certificates). Then, the foreign affairs office of the provincial government, which has jurisdiction over the city where the documents were notarized, should authenticate the documents. Once that has been done, the consular officer can authenticate the signature of the provincial foreign affairs official. Certification of True Copies: A document that has been verified as a complete and accurate reproduction of an original
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