United States Visas

The ins and outs of getting a US green card

A US official adjusts Chinese and US flags before a trade meeting. China is a top recipient of US student and work visas .Photo: AFP

Although many families are prospering in China today, immigration statistics suggest the US continues to lure away mainland professionals and entrepreneurs.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 11:54am

US willing to issue 5-year visas to Chinese: Locke

The United States is willing to start issuing five-year visas to Chinese nationals, but a reciprocal arrangement is a 'prerequisite', Gary Locke, the US ambassador to China, said yesterday.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Visitor visa accommodates gay couples

Gay professionals whose partners have been granted so-called prolonged visitor visas to stay in Hong Kong - a city which officially only recognises heterosexual unions - report that obtaining the document is usually straightforward.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers despair at conflicting versions of travel restrictions

The American Chamber of Commerce has been flooded with letters from members complaining about the new conditions on obtaining mainland visas, with members describing the situation as 'ridiculous' and 'a complete mess'.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


Weight-loss ads send teens wrong message

I recently returned to Hong Kong after living overseas for more than 15 years and I am still adjusting to the way of life here.

I am not sure if this issue has been brought up before, but it definitely deserves some attention.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

US visa problems over for Chinese students

Visa difficulties that led to a drop in the number of Chinese students studying in the US have been resolved, according to the executive vice-president of the US government-backed Institute of International Education.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

US and Beijing to ease travel with 12-month visas

Multiple-entry passes will cut border irritants in both nations after January 15

China and the United States have agreed to a reciprocal visa arrangement under which both sides will offer 12-month, multiple-entry business and tourist visas, the US embassy in Beijing said yesterday.

8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Strict US visa policy needs better balance

The tightening of US immigration procedures in reaction to the September 11 attacks has understandably attracted much criticism.

29 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Row over US visa service resolved

Private call centre will resume taking applications after reducing its fee, putting an end to a diplomatic standoff

A call centre used by the United States to take applications for visas reopens today after a six-week diplomatic standoff.

The deadlock ended after the US government agreed to a cut in fees charged by the All-China Visa Information Centre.

4 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

US visa call centre shut down in Shanghai

Closure over 'illegal operations' leaves many mainland applicants in limbo

Shanghai police have shut down a call centre used by the United States to take appointments for visa applications for allegedly 'conducting illegal operations', leaving some mainlanders unable to have their applications processed.

28 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

US urged to relax stringent visa policy

Ivy League universities to protest over tight regulations imposed after September 11 that have led to a fall in the increase of international students in the country

Top American universities are stepping up pressure on the United States government to relax its stringent visa policy imposed on foreign students since September 11.

17 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

US Embassy denies visa ban on Hunan workers

The US Embassy in Beijing will not grant visas to Hunan residents for a year, a newspaper has reported after a man was sentenced to three years' jail for issuing fake US visas to government workers in the province.

6 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Visa rise floated

Foreign tourists and businessmen would have to pay between $25 and $110 more for six categories of visas to visit Hong Kong if a proposal to raise the fees is approved when legislators consider it next week. An ordinary visa would cost $160, up $25, and a transit visa would be increased $15 to $85. Multiple entry permits for Taiwanese would be $650, a $110 rise.

30 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Computers fail to lift the pace of Beijing's officialdom

THE OFFICES OF the Public Security Ministry where foreign residents renew their visas have always been a mirror of change in China. They used to be housed in an old ramshackle courtyard house down an alleyway on the east side of the Forbidden City. Now they are located in a huge modern steel and glass block looming over a rumbling fly-over on Beijing's second ring road.

13 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Puzzled by wife's visa problem

Some years ago I joined a golf club in the mainland, and both my wife (who is Filipino) and I obtained six-month multi-entry visas for the PRC.

It seemed that providing a membership card was presented with the visa application there was no problem.

18 Dec 1999 - 12:00am