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New US visa scheme helps Chinese nationals


Published on Feb 13, 2012

Following President Barack Obama’s decision to lighten visa regulations in the US, a new pilot scheme will launch today to ease the visa application process for Chinese nationals. Qualified non-immigrant Chinese applicants to the US can renew their visas without undergoing another interview if the visa was issue within the last four years, reports the China Daily. The new initiative includes B (temporary visitors for business and pleasure), C1 (transit), F (students), J (exchange visitors) and other categories, covering 95% of the total visas issued by the US embassy and consulates across China. The previous policy only allowed an interview waiver within 12 months of the expiration date.

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