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US and China Extend Visas to 10 Years

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Beijing, President Barack Obama announced a reciprocal agreement by both the US and China to grant visitor visas that are valid for up to ten years.

Beginning Nov. 12, the validity period of business and tourist visas will be extended to a full decade – the maximum length of validity under US law – while student visas will be set at five years. Currently, the B-1 (business) and B-2 (tourism) visas for Chinese visitors in the US are valid for 120 days, while the Chinese equivalent is valid for about 3 months for Americans.

A statement by the White House says that Chinese visitors in the US are predicted to contribute nearly $85 billion to the US economy by 2021, and contribute up to 440,000 jobs.  The move will mean most travelers from both countries will no longer need to renew their visas on an annual basis, and thus forego the lengthy application process every year.

Travelers should note that the plan does not change the number of days that they will be allowed to reside in the US or China.

For more information, visit us-immigration.com and china-embassy.org

Source: Business Travel Executive - GAI





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