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  • Ambassador Baucus on Longer Visa Validity

    Ambassador Baucus on Longer Visa Validity

    On November 18, Ambassador Baucus announced the number of Chinese students in the U.S. has once again set a new record! He hopes that the newly announced longer-validity visas will encourage even more exchanges among American and Chinese students.

  • Obama and Xi Jinping on Joint Press Conference

    Obama and Xi Jinping on Joint Press Conference

    U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, speak during a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Secretary Kerry on U.S. Visa Event

    Secretary Kerry on U.S. Visa Event

    Secretary Kerry speaks to Peng Ye, a teacher in China, and the group of fourth-graders she wants to take to the United States to study English, before presenting the children with a 10-year business and tourism visa during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, on November 12, 2014. [State Department photo]

  • President Obama hosted by President Xi for State Visit

    President Obama hosted by President Xi for State Visit

    President Obama and President Xi walk together through Zhongnanhai at the beginning of President Obama’s two-day state visit to Beijing on November 11, 2014 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Consulate highlights

  • President Obama’s Interview with Xinhua News Agency
    Thanks to the hard work of both our peoples, Chinese and Americans, we see ties and cooperation between our countries that would have been unthinkable 35 years ago. Our workers, entrepreneurs and businesses are the backbone of a massive trade relationship that supports jobs in both our nations and helps power the global economy.
  • Remarks by President Obama at APEC CEO Summit – November 10, 2014
    It is wonderful to be back in China, and I’m grateful for the Chinese people’s extraordinary hospitality. This is my sixth trip to Asia as President, and my second this year alone. And that’s because, as I’ve said on each of my visits, America is a thoroughly Pacific nation. We’ve always had a history with Asia. And our future -- our security and our prosperity -- is inextricably intertwined with Asia. I know the business leaders in attendance today agree.
  • WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET: Supporting American Job Growth And Strengthening Ties by Extending U.S./China Visa Validity for Tourists, Business Travelers, and Students
    President Obama announced that the United States and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a reciprocal visa validity arrangement during his visit that will strengthen our ever-broadening economic and people-to-people ties. Both countries have agreed to increase the validity of short-term tourist and business visas issued to each other’s citizens from one to ten years – the longest validity possible under U.S. law – and increase the validity of student and exchange visas from one to five years. The United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with the new reciprocal agreement on November 12, 2014.
  • State Department: U.S., China to Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students
    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.
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: The United States and China Agree to Extending Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students
    Q: What are the benefits of the visa validity extension?
    U.S. and Chinese citizens who regularly travel back and forth between the U.S. and China will benefit from the longer validity by not having to apply and pay the application fee every year. Businesses in both countries, including the tourism industry, will benefit from increased travel, investment, and business development opportunities between the two countries. Longer visa validity will allow students and exchange visitors to return to their home countries during school and work holidays more easily.
  • Secretary Kerry on U.S.-China Relations
    Well, thank you very much, Dean Nasr. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Vali for a while. When I was in the Senate, he was a very valuable advisor, and I can remember coming down to the State Department and meeting with him and with Richard Holbrooke and others in the early days of working on what was then called AfPak – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and particularly Afghanistan. So Vali, thank you for your journey. Thanks for imparting your wisdom here at SAIS. And thank you all very, very much here at SAIS for allowing me to come here today to share a few thoughts with you about this special relationship with China, an important relationship.
  • State’s Heumann on Inclusive Development for Disabled Persons
    Thank you, and I would like to thank in particular the Chinese Disabled Persons’ Federation for hosting today’s event. It is a great honor to be with you today, at what I hope will be the start of a robust, substantive, and on-going dialogue on promoting truly equal access and inclusive development for persons with disabilities throughout APEC member economies. Achieving progress will require sustained engagement, and I would also like to congratulate China for its leadership in developing a Group of Friends to continue this important conversation in the months and years ahead.

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