China: U.S. Citizens Eligible for 10-Year Business and Tourist Visas; 5-Year Student Permits
Chinese consular posts in the U.S. have begun issuing multiple-entry visas valid up to 10 years for U.S. citizens traveling to China for business (M visa) or tourism (L visa) purposes. Previously these visas were only issued with a one-year validity. U.S. citizen students are also now eligible to receive student permits valid for up to 5 years, depending on the length of the qualifying Chinese educational program.
This new policy is the result of a reciprocal agreement between the U.S. and China announced earlier in November at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, which was detailed in our Immigration Update on November 12, 2014. The agreement reflects an approach by both countries to promote personal, professional, and educational exchanges between the U.S. and China.
As always, Foster will continue to follow changes to the visa reciprocity schedule and the procedure by which Chinese consular posts in the U.S., and around the world, are issuing these longer-validity visas and will provide future updates via our firm’s website at www.fosterglobal.com.