The Trump administration is set to limit visa length for some Chinese citizens due to concerns about intellectual property. This news was leaked to the Associated Press last night by a U.S. official who had seen new instructions sent to United States embassies and consulates. The exact details of the changes are not yet known, but the changes appear to target Chinese students and researchers in STEM fields.
The purported changes do not affect the visa application process, but appears to limit the length of time a visa is valid to one year. Student visas for Chinese citizens would still be valid for a maximum of five years, but U.S. consulates could move up the expiration date. The decision to end visas early would be on a case by case basis.
The changes have not been officially announced, but could possibly go in to effect on June 11. With trade talks between the United States and China set to begin soon, it is unknown if this new policy will ever be enforced.
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