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The United States and China To Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

November 10, 2014


Starting November 12, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens.

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. U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program.






*Please note that the issued validity will be subject to the decision by the US Consulate General in Guangzhou.

For more information, please contact

Ms. Fion Lee, Visa Manager

AmCham South China at (86-20) 8331-1259 / 8335-1476 Ext. 88

or email 





The American Chamber of Commerce in South China, 2014

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