Effective January 2021, the U.S. stopped all travel to and from China. The reason given was China’s decision to impose an entry ban on U.S. citizens who had applied for tourist visas. The Chinese government claims that the new regulations are in accordance with its obligations to protect its “friendly” country from “unscrupulous” foreign businesses. The U.S. government maintains that this is a transparent move to give China a “strings attached” attitude, causing the country to limit its dealings with the U.S. While the Chinese government may have a point, it is not necessarily correct that the imposition of such a ban is in retaliation for the U.S. action.
Why did China feel the need to ban U.S. citizens entering its country? The most common answer is that China is a huge market and needs to be able to sell everything to anyone anywhere. It is true that the Chinese government has a huge market, but everyone else knows that it needs to compete with the rest to survive. It is true that the Chinese government exerts much effort in trying to keep foreign companies from going bankrupt in its country. That is understandable. Still, why does it feel the need to ban all American companies from doing business with its embassy?
The fact is that the United States has very high standards and very strict requirements for any visitor wishing to obtain a visa to work or study in China. Chinese visitors have to have a F-2 visa, which is an extremely difficult task to achieve, especially for those with no connection to the Chinese community in the United States. To add further complication, those without such a visa cannot even enter China – they have to first establish a connection with Chinese nationals. This is where the new Visa Waiver Program comes into play.
The fast-track immigration clearance and visa process were created by the United States government as a way of allowing more Chinese people into the country and improving our nation’s broken visa system. The main component of the program is a system which automatically approves Chinese national visa applicants once they have established their connection with Chinese nationals living in the United States. Individuals coming to China will have to fulfill the necessary requirements, pay the required fee, and then wait for their approval. Those who get approval very quickly are able to immediately apply for a visa upon arrival in China.
There are many benefits associated with the fast-track immigration clearance and visa process. For instance, it is much faster than taking a normal tourist visa and then waiting four to six months for it to become valid. In addition to that, tourists must leave and re-enter the country numerous times within a twelve month period. Chinese national test results are often a huge problem for tourists trying to leave and re-enter the country. Because the fast-track program makes it possible to get approval very quickly, test results can be easier to verify and therefore easier to avoid delays. This has been beneficial to individuals who are going to be leaving the country for an extended period of time such as family or business reasons.
In order to be approved for the fast-track program, an individual who is interested in visiting China must first be approved for a one-to-five years’ residence permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This residency permit must be renewed on an annual basis. The residency permit does not need to be from the same county where you applied for your original visa. You must apply from the correct county in order to be considered for the fast-track program.
Once you are accepted into the fast track program, you must submit an application that includes all of the necessary documents for verification, including a signed appointment letter from the Chinese ambassador to the United States, a classified work visa, and passport photos. Once you are through with this step, travellers can receive their residence permits upon approval. At this point, travellers are advised to book their flights to China, as flights are often booked out well in advance of the holiday season. Travellers can also visit the Chinese embassy if they prefer to receive an invitation letter directly from there.
Finally, if you have already returned to the United States, it is important to remember that your customs officials are aware that citizens of Canada are also permitted to enter China via China’s border. Therefore, they may check with the embassy of your departure country before granting your entry into the country. Finally, travellers should be aware that Chinese authorities do not recognize faxed documents, meaning that it may be difficult to send money or packages to China from the United States. However, most of the time the two countries are able to work together, and both sides have a strong relationship.