On November 10, 2014, President Obama announced that the United States and the People’s Republic of China are concluding a reciprocal visa validity arrangement.  Both countries have agreed to increase the validity of short-term tourist and business visas issued to each other’s citizens from 1 to 10  years and increase the validity of student and exchange visas from 1 to 5 years.

“As a result of this arrangement, the United States hopes to welcome a growing share of eligible Chinese travelers, inject billions in the US economy and create enough demand to support hundreds of thousands of additional US jobs,” the White House said.

The United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with the new reciprocal agreement on November 12, 2014.