Effective November 12, 2014, the US State Department announced that they will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens.

The cable reads:

“The United States and China to Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

NOVEMBER 10, 2014

Starting on 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.
U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas
should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while
qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to
five years, depending on the length of their educational program.
Please review our FAQs for more information.”

The first FAQ is most representative of the thought process underlying the reciprocal benefit that will flow from extending the validity period of the visas in question.

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.

The FAQs, which include information about application fees, and processing times, can be reviewed in their entirety at:


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Rohit Turkhud has been specializing in the practice of the US Immigration & Nationality Laws since 1985. For the first 9 years of his career his practiced focused on asylum and removal cases. Since 1994 he has been specializing in employment based and family based matters. From 1994 to 2001 Rohit served in senior executive positions at IT companies and headed their legal and international recruiting divisions. He was an integral part of setting up an IT company's UK operations and travelled extensively to the UK in the discharge of those responsibilities. From June 2004 to September 2012 he was a partner at the Law Offices of Cyrus S. Nallaseth PLLC, and at Nallaseth & Turkhud PLLC. He continues to focus on employment based immigration matters. Rohit has joined FLG, as a partner, in the pursuit of excellence and expansion. Rohit seeks to contribute to the international growth of FLG and help ensure that we always provide the quality of services and attention to customer satisfaction that has catapulted FLG to the top of law firms specializing in the field of immigration laws. He is proud to be a member of a team that reaches from Miami to San Francisco and from New York to Denver, with Michigan being the heart of the network. He has authored a frequent immigration law column for India Today's North American edition. He is a guest speaker on business immigration issues, specially relating to H-1B and the new PERM rules and regulations. He has authored an article in the second edition of the authoritative "THE PERM BOOK". On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Rohit hosts a prime time LIVE immigration show on Jus Punjabi, a national cable network channel. Mr. Turkhud is fluent in the Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi languages.