Extended Visa Validity Announced for Chinese Nationals

The Department of State (DOS) announced more changes to its Reciprocity Table following updates from earlier this month and in September.

Beginning November 12, 2014, Chinese nationals and their dependents will be eligible for longer visa validity periods for the following U.S. visas:

B-1/B-2 (business and tourism) visas will increase from a one-year validity period to ten years (valid for multiple entries)

F-1 (students), J-1 (trainees) and M-1 (vocational) visas will increase from a one-year validity period to five years (valid for multiple entries)

The visa fees for these visas will remain at $160.00 and will include appointment scheduling and passport delivery.

Chinese authorities are expected to announce reciprocal changes to its corresponding visa categories for U.S. nationals traveling to China.

Eligible visa applicants may continue to use the Interview Waiver Program (IWP).

The United States and China are in the process of considering extending the visa validity periods of other visa categories, such as H-1B, L-1, O-1, among others.

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