For those seeking temporary stays in the U.S., you know how difficult it can be getting a B2 visa. The application process can be complex and lengthy, and these visas often do not last long enough to suit your needs. This is an issue that many Chinese visitors are having, which is why the White House has agreed to a new, extended visa policy for tourists and businesspeople from China.
According to CNN, President Barack Obama has made an agreement with China for a new, reciprocal visa policy for vacationers and people in the U.S. for business. It will allow Chinese citizens to travel to the U.S. for up to 10 years on one visa. Major trade partners such as Brazil and various countries throughout Europe are already on visa extension policies like this – an effort to drive growth of the tourism industry and boost employment in the U.S. As part of the agreement, Americans will also have access to 10-year visas to China.
“I’ve heard from American business leaders about how valuable this step will be,” Obama said at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. “And we’ve worked hard to achieve this outcome because it clearly serves the mutual interest of both of our countries.”
This extension agreement between America and China is expected to significantly improve trade between these two powerhouse nations. According to a statement released by the White House, the changes should create up to 440,000 new jobs for American citizens by 2021 due to the rise in tourism and new business opportunities spurred by an increase of more than 7 million Chinese visitors per year. It could potentially generate as much as $85 billion in revenue.