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When letters of seeking confirmation are signed and returned to CCCWA, the general office will hand in the list of cases with positive confirmation to the director-general with whose approval the Notice of Traveling to China for Adoption will be printed and posted. Families should travel with this document to China to meet with the adoptees and do the adoption registration within 3 months since the day of director-general’s approval.

If the family uses Bridge of Love for Adoption Service (BLAS) to help with the travel, BLAS will estimate according to the return time of letters of seeking confirmation when the adoptive family is about to set off, and send to the family Information Form of Adoption Tour to China to have their information collected, such as name, birth date, passport number, occupation, family address, Chinese and English names of adoptee, exact date of travel, flight and hotel requirements, so that a schedule in China can be made.

Before the travel, BLAS will send the family a schedule of trip in China in addition to a corresponding quote to facilitate the remittance.

Facilitators will meet with the adoptive families in the airport as planed in the schedule and guide the sight-seeing and other necessary adoption procedures for them.

Families from Iceland will arrive in Beijing at Thursday or Friday. After two or three days’ sight-seeing in Beijing, they will arrive in the evening of Sunday at the capital city of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures and usually receive the adoption notary certificates (Adoption Notarization, Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization and Health Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday.

Normally, they will return to Beijing for visas at that weekend. On the day when they have the appointment with the consulate (usually the following Monday), they will submit complete visa application materials for the adoptees and receive visas in that afternoon. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Italian families will arrive on Sunday at the capital city of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees. From the first Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures, and usually receive the adoption notary certificates (Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization, Adoption Relationship Notarization, Adoption Registration Notarization and Notarization for Conformity Certificate of International Adoption) in the same week on Thursday or Friday and adoptees’ passports on Friday.

Normally, they will return to Beijing to prepare for authentications and visa formalities on Saturday. On the second Monday, the facilitators will send notarizations to the authentication office of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, take them back on Tuesday and then, for the visa formalities, give them to the Italian adoption organization concerned which will submit complete visa application materials for the adoptees to the Italian Embassy for exit visas on the day when they have the appointment. Usually families will be given a notice for visa collection on the third Tuesday or Wednesday. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Families from Norway usually arrive in Beijing on Thursday and arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Sunday after two days’ sight-seeing in Beijing. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees, go through relevant procedures, and usually receive the adoption notary certificates (Adoption Notarization, Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization and Health Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday.

Normally, they will return to Beijing for visas at that weekend. On the day when they have the appointment with the consulate (usually the following Monday), they have to submit visa application materials for the adoptees and will receive visas on the third day after complete materials are submitted. Then they can leave China as arranged.

French families usually arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Sunday. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures, and usually receive the adoption notary certificates (Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization, Adoption Relationship Notarization and Health Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday.

At that weekend, they will stay in a city where a French consulate is based for the purpose of having visas. On the following Monday, at the time when they have the appointment with the consulate, they will submit visa application materials for the adoptees. Normaly they will be given a notice of visa collection on that Thursday or Friday. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Families from Ireland usually arrive in Beijing on Thursday and arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Sunday after two days’ sight-seeing in Beijing. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures, and usually receive the adoption notary certificates (Adoption Notarization, Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization and Health Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday.

Normally, they will return to Beijing to proceed visa formalities at that weekend. On the day when they have the appointment with the consulate (usually the following Monday), they will submit complete visa application materials for the adoptees and receive the visas in that afternoon. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Families from America usually arrive in Beijing on Thursday and arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Sunday after two days’ sight-seeing in Beijing. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures, and usually receive their adoption notary certificates (Adoption Notarization, Birth Notarization and Abandonment Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday. Then they fly to Guangzhou. On Saturday, they take adoptees to have health examination in designated medical organizations and make tuberculosis screening for children over two years old. In the second week, they have to submit visa application materials for the adoptees to the general consulate at the time prearranged. Usually on the following working day, families will visit the general consulate to receive visas after making an oath. Children over two years old who have taken tuberculosis screening can have their visas on the third working day. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Families from England usually arrive in Beijing on Thursday and arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Sunday after two days’ sight-seeing in Beijing. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures and usually receive their adoption notary certificates (Adoption Notarization, Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization and Health Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday.

Normally, they will return to Beijing for visa during the second weekend. On the day when they have the appointment with the consulate (usually the following Monday), they have to submit visa application materials for the adoptees and receive visas four or five days afterwards. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Families from Netherlands arrive in Beijing on Thursday and arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Saturday after one day’s sight-seeing in Beijing. Procedures in provinces will be arranged by Dutch adoption organizations. BLAS just takes responsible for booking hotels and vehicles that can be used to pick them up from and transport them to the airports.

One week later on Saturday, families will return to Beijing and arrange authentication of documents in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and visa application in the Dutch Embassy. Specifically, they can send documents in need of authentication to the MFA on Monday, take them back and send visa application materials to the embassy on Tuesday. The embassy will issue visas on the fourth or fifth day since the day of material submitting. Then they can leave China as arranged.

Spanish families usually arrive at the capital of the province where they are going to meet with the adoptees in the evening of Sunday. From Monday on, they will meet with adoptees and go through relevant procedures and usually receive their adoption notary certificates (Birth Notarization, Abandonment Notarization, Adoption Relationship Notarization and Health Notarization) in the same week on Wednesday or Thursday and adoptees’ passports on Friday. To make sure corresponding materials can be submitted to the nearest Spanish consulate for exit visa application without delay in the second week, authentication of notarization has to be arranged at a proper time.

In the following week at the time when the families have the appointment with a consulate, they submit visa application materials for the adoptees. Usually they will have a notice of visa collection from the consulate based in Beijing on the second working day and from those in Shanghai and Guangzhou on the forth working day. Then they can leave China as arranged.

For most families, schedule in province will go as follows:

The first day (Sunday): Adoptive families fly to the capital city of certain province. A facilitator will pick them up and send them to hotel. (In some provinces, they may meet with children in the afternoon.)

The second day (Monday): Families meet with children in the morning and sign agreements of entrusted custody during attaching period with the local civil affairs department.

The third day (Tuesday): Families visit the civil affairs office for the purpose of registration, notarization and passport.

The fourth day (Wednesday): Sight-seeing. Families receive notarizations.

The fifth day (Thursday): Sight-seeing. (Have authentication if needed)

The sixth day (Saturday): Sight-seeing. Families receive passports.

The seventh day (Sunday): Families fly to cities where they are going to apply for visas.


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