The United States and China to Extend Visas

The United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement on November 12, 2014.

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.

Immigrant Visas for Family and Employment Based Petitions

This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant visas for family and employment based petitions. It is a monthly publication by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which is part of the Department of State. It helps set limits on immigration to the United States.

Here is the link for the visa bulletin.

It is imperative to check this bulletin on a monthly basis.