According to the U.S. Department of State, all visa applicants, regardless of nationality, need to provide their documentation in English. If the original document is in another language, such as Chinese, it should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
According to the U.S. Department of State, the primary requirements for J visa applicants are:
Birth certificate of the applicant
Documents relating to marital status if applicable: marriage certificate, divorce decree, or death certificate of a spouse
DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status
Financial evidence showing the applicant has sufficient funds to cover their stay in the U.S
Detailed letter from the sponsoring institution in the U.S. detailing the purpose, length, and nature of the visit
Including any other documents that the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in China might deem necessary.
As per regulations set by the U.S. Department of State, there's no stringent specification on the certification of the translator. However, the translator should be proficient enough to provide an accurate translation from Chinese to English. It is necessary for the translator to include a signed statement attesting to their ability in both languages and the accuracy of their translation.
Based on guidelines from the U.S. Department of State, with every translated document, a declaration from the translator or the translation agency should be included. This statement should confirm the translator's proficiency in both Chinese and English and vouch for the accuracy of the translation. Since China is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, notarization from a local notary public in China followed by authentication from both the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. consulate might be necessary for certain documents.
It's always a good idea for applicants to communicate directly with the relevant U.S. consulate or embassy in China to get the most recent and relevant details tailored to their situation.
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