US now issuing 5-year F and J visas for Chinese citizens

Nov. 13, 2014—The United States and China have agreed to extend visas for short-term visitors between the two countries starting November 12, 2014.

US consulates in China will now issue F-1 and J-1 visas that are valid for 5 years, up from 1 year. F-2 and J-2 dependents are eligible for the same extension in visa validity.

In addition, the validity of B-1 and B-2 short-term visitor visas is being extended from 1 year to 10 years.

The State Department expects that these changes will increase the visa workload, so please plan for possible delays in processing times at US consulates in China.

For more information, visit the State Department’s FAQ page.