U.S. and China Extend Visa Validity Period
The U.S. Department of State announced today that effective November 12, 2014 the U.S. and China will extend the visa validity period issued to students and visitors for business and pleasure.
– Visitors from China to the U.S.: Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-1 visa (visitor for business) or B-2 (visitor for pleasure) may now receive a multiple-entry visa valid for up to 10 years.
– Students from China to the U.S.: Qualified Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years, or the length of their program.
– U.S. citizens seeking to visit or study in China: Visas of the same validity period will be available to U.S. citizens seeking to visit or study in China.
Please note that the change in the validity period of the visa doesn’t change the application fee of USD $160, nor is there any change in the eligibility criteria. Applicants for visitor visas to the United States must still demonstrate, among other things, ties to their home country and show they do not intend to remain in the U.S. beyond the period of admission in visitor status.
Also, please note that the visa is just a travel document; it does not guarantee admission to the U.S., nor does it indicate how long a person may remain in the U.S. on each trip. Generally, visitor admissions are limited to 6 months per visit.
For additional information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions issued by the State Department: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/us-china-agree-to-extend-visas.html, or as always, don’t hesitate to contact your LAC attorney.