U.S., China Agree on Longer Visa Validity (Updated)

crowded-air-space The U.S. and China have mutually agreed to increase business and tourist visa validity to 10 years and student and exchange visa validity to 5 years. That according to President Obama’s announcement (video)  on November 10 at the 2014 APEC summit in Beijing.

Both governments put the policy into effect immediately. But China hasn’t even fully implemented its prior 2005 agreement to increase visa validity to 1 year, creating a question as to whether most Americans will get the new long-term PRC visas. Continue reading

Why Aren’t Immigrant Visas Issued at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing?

New U.S. Embassy in BeijingCurrently, only nonimmigrant visas (NIVs) are issued by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Guangzhou is the only U.S. consular post in China that issues immigrant visas (IVs). Why?

The decision to stop issuing immigrant visas in Beijing was explained during a 1989 interview by Elizabeth Raspolic, Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 1986 to 1988: Continue reading

Song Yinan: A Graphic Designer Looks at Passports

passport-graphic designSong Yinan has turned her passport into the subject of a graphic design study. Check out the interactive website.

Hat tip to Zheng Tiansheng,  who says the project “juxtapose[s] immigration stamps and zoom[s] in on certain pages to create a kaleidoscopic visual effect” in order to meditate on what it means for a Chinese citizen to cross international borders.

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USCIS Teleconference on Assisted Reproductive Technology Policies

assisted-reproductive-technologyU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder listening session on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 1–2:30 p.m. (Eastern) about a policy update on assisted reportoductive technology (ART).

This policy update (PA-2014-009) clarifies the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act to include gestational legal mothers using ART regardless of whether they are the genetic mother. Previously, U.S. citizen mothers were generally required to have a genetic relationship with their child in order to transmit citizenship at birth. Continue reading →

Expeditious Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Employed Abroad

CitizenshipThis article[1] covers the requirements for the spouses of certain U.S. citizens employed abroad by U.S. entities or pubic international organizations to apply for U.S. naturalization on an expedited basis under section 319(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.[2 ] Continue reading

Have You Applied for a New Long-Term U.S. or China Visa or Residence Permit? Share Your Experience.

comment-bubblesHave you applied for a 5-year or 10-year U.S. or China visa or residence permit under the new agreement between the two countries announced on Nov. 10? Did you get the maximum validity? Share your experience in the comments section here.

It will be interesting to see how and to what extent the two countries implement the agreement.