Beijing Courting Overseas Tourists (China Daily, Dec. 18): Beijing is trying to improve the 72-hour visa waiver program. Proposals under discussion include extending stays to 96 hours and refunding sales taxes upon departure. Continue reading Quick Takes on U.S. and China Visa Law News
Police in Handan, Hebei province, are investigating the disappearance of more than 100 Vietnamese women who married local bachelors and had been living in local villages. They vanished at the end of November, according to several news sources. Continue reading China Police Search for 100 Missing Vietnamese Brides (Updated)
This infographic succinctly captures rising Chinese tourism, study abroad, and property purchases in the U.S. Continue reading Infographic: Chinese Tourists, Students, and Property Purchases in U.S.
Few places in the world display greater diversity than the district of Xiaobei in Guangzhou. In the local mosque, founded by a Silk Road trader who was Prophet Mohammed’s uncle, Friday prayers bring together Muslims from China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and West and North Africa. On Sundays, a dozen informal churches run by Africans promise congregants eternal salvation and this-worldly wealth. Believers and non-believers rub shoulders as they barter in Xiaobei’s busy alleys and trading malls. I have done research among African traders here for five years, and the area still fascinates me greatly. Continue reading “Use Science to Fight Ebola”: Guangzhou Policy Towards African Migrants
President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform will be released in the coming days, weeks, and months. Here is a preliminary summary based in part on White House briefings to the American Immigration Lawyers Association: Continue reading Summary of Obama’s Executive Actions on “Immigration Accountability”
The White House has released a fact sheet and infographic on how President Obama is “using his executive authority to increase accountability and fix our broken immigration system.” Continue reading White House Infographic and Fact Sheet on Immigration Reform
The State Department shut down its email system on November 14 after it was reportedly hacked, reports the AP. The department’s worldwide unclassified email system was closed down to repair possible damage, according to spokesman Jeff Rathke: Continue reading State Department Email System Hacked
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 U.S., China Agree on Longer Visa Validity (Updated)
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 Why Aren’t Immigrant Visas Issued at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing?