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CHINA and UNITED STATES – U.S. and China Reciprocally Extend Visa Validity for Business, Tourism and Study

The US Department of State (DOS) and the Chinese authorities have announced a new reciprocal program to mutually extend short-term visa validity to ten years for U.S. and Chinese nationals.

Please note that the permitted duration of stay per visit remains unchanged for all visa categories.

Visa processing times, fees, procedures and eligibility also remain unchanged.

Who Will Benefit?

U.S. and Chinese citizens who regularly travel back and forth between the U.S. and China, and their employers, will benefit from the longer validity by not having to apply and pay the application fee every year.

To obtain a visa with extended validity, holders of valid or recently-expired visas will need to apply again.

What are the Terms of the Extension?

Effective 12 November 2014, U.S. nationals travelling to China for business or tourism should receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to ten years.

Qualified U.S. students going to study in China should receive student resident permits valid for up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program.

Similarly, Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel.

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.

Action Items

  • If you have employees who have a frequent need to travel between China and the U.S. for business, note that ten year visas may be issued, which will reduce administrative time and cost.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the U.S. Department of State and Fredrikson & Byron.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.