Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 05011363 (posted Jan. 13, 2005)"
Office of the Spokesman
January 12, 2005
U.S. Extends Visa Validity for Chinese Tourist and Business Travelers
Beginning January 15, 2005, eligible Chinese nationals who wish to visit the
United States temporarily for business (B-1) or tourism (B-2) will be issued
visas that are valid for 12 months and multiple entries. The previous maximum
validity for U.S. visas issued for these purposes was six months and for
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also agreed to reciprocally issue
to U.S. citizens visiting China on temporary business and tourism visas valid
for 12 months and multiple entries.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
exchanged diplomatic notes on this agreement in December 2004. While the United
States and China will in principle issue maximum validity visas to each other's
citizens, on a case-by-case basis, each side may limit the period of validity
and number of entries as required by law and regulation.
The mutual extension of visa reciprocity will be a significant benefit to
business and tourist travelers between China and the United States. Frequent
American citizen travelers to China will save time and money with longer visa
validity. Frequent Chinese travelers receiving longer validity visas will need
to visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulates in China less often to renew visas,
freeing embassy and consulate resources to adjudicate other visa applications
In 2004, the U.S. Embassy and the four U.S. consulates in China issued 228,600
nonimmigrant visas. Of these, 173,140, or more than 77 percent, were temporary
visas for business (B-1) or tourism (B-2).