Visa Issuance: The Maximum Length of 10 Years
At 13:27 on March 8, 2015 Source: China News Network
On March 8, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced at the press conference that a consensus was reached between China and Canada on long-term multiple visas. March 9 will see the formal implementation of this agreement.
Of the Chinese Embassy, Canada Consul General Gao Ping said that this reciprocal arrangement reflects the efforts of two sides to further strengthen relations between the two countries. There is great importance attached to the common voices between and within both countries. The aim to progress in bilateral relations, to promote bilateral ties and to facilitate exchanges between the two peoples is of the foremost.
Gao Ping said the Chinese Embassy in Canada is scheduled for a launch ceremony for long-term multiple entry visas launching on March 9. Ambassador Luo Zhaohui will attend.
- What are the specific contents of long-term multiple entry visas?
Gao Ping said that this enables one country to go to the other for business, tourism, visiting relatives and other civic activities that require multiple entry. Each personnel can stay up to no more than 180 days. This is valid for up to 10 years but is not more valid than a passport for the appropriate visa category.
- Who will benefit from the reciprocal arrangements?
According to statistics, Gao Ping said that last year, China issued a total of 230,000 Canadian citizen visas, for those who go to China for business, tourism and visiting relatives. Up to 80% means that the vast majority of Canadian Chinese will directly benefit from the new measure. Meanwhile, in Canada, there are nearly 1.5 million overseas Chinese. It is Canada’s largest immigrant group; Chinese students studying in Canada comprise more than 10 million people. They eagerly look forward to exchange and travel between the two countries thus supported by the ten-year multiple entry visas. Reciprocal arrangements will further enhance cultural exchanges between the two countries.
- The impact of reciprocal arrangements for economic and trade cooperation between the two countries
Gao Ping said that reciprocal arrangements will further facilitate bilateral economic and trade cooperation. Last year, the trade volume was 55.24 billion US dollars. China has become Canada’s second largest trading partner and second largest source of imports. Canada is China’s second largest export market and second largest investment destination. Reciprocal visa arrangements for bilateral business people can go back and forth easily from the sides of the Pacific, and will no longer need to spend the time, effort or expenses on regulating visas.
Finally, Gao Ping said that the Chinese Government’s efforts will be concentrated on raising awareness and ensuring the implementation of the substantial amount of passports of “diplomacy for the people.” China will continue to promote this reciprocal visa facilitation policy with more countries in order to ensure a more smooth, more secure and more comfortable exchange process.