Preventoin Of Ip Theft: Visa Length Shortening
The U.S. government plans to shorten the length of visas issued to some Chinese citizens as part of a strategy to prevent intellectual property theft by U.S. rivals.
The U.S. State Department will implement measures enhance security for some Chinese visa applicants.
The change would come as President Donald Trump’s administration attempts to crack down on what it says is theft of U.S. intellectual property by China.
Going forward, a reduction invalidity of some newly issued visas is part of the National Security Strategy to ensure that intellectual property is not transferred to our competitors. Officials would consider restrictions on visas for science and technology students from some countries to ensure intellectual property is not transferred to THE competitors.
A State Department official said the visa application process had not changed but that consular officers may limit the validity of visas for some Chinese applicants on a case-by-case basis.
Chinese graduate students would be limited to one-year visas if they are studying in certain fields, such as robotics, aviation and high-tech manufacturing.
Those are areas Beijing has said are high-priority goals for its manufacturing sector.
Instructions also stated that Chinese citizens seeking visas would need special clearance from multiple U.S. agencies if they work as researchers or managers for companies on a U.S. Commerce Department list of entities needing higher scrutiny. Those clearances are expected to take months for each application.
Source: Economic Times
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