H/T to AMT Vice President-Advocacy Amber Thomas!
Early this month, President Obama announced a reciprocal visa validity arrangement between the U.S. and China. Both countries have agreed to increase the validity of short-term tourist and business visas issued to each other’s citizens from one to 10 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 began issuing visas in accordance with the new reciprocal agreement on November 12.
Last week, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker hailed the agreement as a “big deal.” AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology agrees with Sec. Pritzker. It is a big deal! AMT has been working toward streamlining the visa application process for years, as it hampers our industry’s business with China (a top market for our members’ products), particularly in IMTS years. With this change, up to 7.3 million Chinese visitors are projected to visit the United States by 2021, contributing roughly $85 billion per year to our economy and supporting 440,000 American jobs. Visit this State Department link for more info: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/us-china-agree-to-extend-visas.html