by Michael C. Lowe | November 11, 2014
The U.S. and China have agreed to significantly extend short-term visas in an effort to improve trade and business ties between the two world powers, President Barack Obama announced during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing. Effective Nov. 12, both countries will extend the terms of multiple-entry short-term tourist and business visas to 10 years, while student visas will be extended to five years. The previous visa term limit for both was one year. Currently, visitors from countries with close relations to the United States, like some European countries and Brazil, also can apply for 10-year visas.