The U.S. and China reciprocally agreed to extend terms for short-term visas, including student visas, earlier this week during President Obama’s state visit. According to the U.S. Department of State, Chinese students and dependents on F, M or J visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years or the length of their program.
“Until now, many Chinese students who left the United States for short visits abroad were required to apply for new visas,” a State Department fact sheet explains. “Under the new arrangement, Chinese students will find it easier and more convenient to return home because in many cases they will not be required to obtain new visas prior to returning to the United States to study.”
American students headed to China will be eligible for residency permits valid for up to five years.
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