The US and China agreed to grant visas valid for up to ten years to visitors between the two countries. The decision was announced by US President Barack Obama on 10 November 2014 at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing.
The new visa rules will come into effect from 12 November 2014. At present, visas between the US and China were valid for only one year.
Under the new visa rules, student visas will be valid for five years whereas business and tourist visas will be valid for ten years.
However, the new visa rule will not change how long a traveler will be allowed to stay in the US or China and how long the visas are valid for entry. The US will also continue to require an in-person interview as part of the application for a visa.
The visa extension will facilitate people-to-people exchanges and benefit cooperation in all areas between the two countries.
The move to extend visa validity for Chinese people comes at a time when China-US relations have been rocky due to increased US presence in the Pacific and concerns over cyber espionage. The move will benefit both the nations.
Who: US and China
When: 10 November 2014
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