The State Department announced Tuesday it will shorten the length of visas issued to Chinese citizens to protect U.S. intellectual property, a promise outlined by the Trump administration in the president’s national security strategy in December.
The National Security Strategy reads: “The United States will review visa procedures to reduce economic theft by non-traditional intelligence collectors.” The administration plans to implement measures designed to limit access Chinese people and companies have to American technology, the White House announced Tuesday. The U.S. believes Beijing has been stealing American ideas.
“Although the large majority of visas issued to Chinese nationals are issued for the maximum validity, consular officers may limit the validity of visas on a case-by-case basis, as appropriate to the circumstances of each case,” a State Department Official told The Hill.
The visa changes will affect Chinese graduate students, who will only be granted one-year visas if they are studying certain STEM fields including robotics, aviation, and high-tech manufacturing. It will also require Chinese citizens who need visas and work as researchers or managers for companies that the U.S. Commerce Department deems in need of higher scrutiny for security purposes to go through more rigorous security clearance.
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