BUSINESSMEN AND STUDENTS SET TO BENEFIT MOST
On Nov 12, US Secretary of State JohnKerry handed over the first batch of new10-year tourist visas issued by theUSembassy in Beijing, and in theweek after the policy change cameinto effect, tens of thousands of new visaswere issued.
Elaine Liu, a pharmacist in Shanghai who received her 10-year visa onNov 20, was excited because she travels between China and theUS several times a year, and the newpolicy will save her a lot of time and money.
“In the past, the application procedure for a trip to the US took at least twoweeks and cost $160, but nowI will be able to travel to theUS whenever Iwant in the coming 10 years,” she said.
Before the newarrangement, Chinese business travelers and tourists had to apply annually if theywanted to visit theUS every year.
Kerry said the visa deal will help to growthe economies of both countries, create more jobs, and lead to citizens of theUS and China becoming friends.
According to the latest statistics, theUS processes more non-immigration visas in China than any other country, with more than 1.95 million issued during the last fiscal year, including more than 316,000 visa applications for Chinese students and exchange visitors— a year-on-year increase of 12 percent.
Chinese students in theUS will benefit significantly fromthe newarrangement, which will allowthem to travel between the two countries with greater ease and willmake overseas study a more attractive option.
Liu Yi, a 21-year-old student at the Capital Normal University inBeijing, is consideringmoving overseas for her master’s degree.
“TheUS is definitely attractive because it has somany famous universities and the visa policy is nowreally convenient,” she said.