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China lifts student visa ban for Indians after two years


By CNBCTV18.com IST (Released)

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The X1-Visa would be issued to students who wish to travel to China for long-term study for higher education purposes. This will include newly enrolled students and those returning to China to resume their studies.

China said on Monday it plans to issue visas to Indian students who have been stranded at home for more than two years due to Beijing’s strict COVID restrictions. He also said he planned to issue various categories of travel permits to Indians, including business visas.

“Warmest congratulations to #Indian #students! Your patience is worth it. I can truly share your enthusiasm and happiness. Welcome back to #China!” Ji Rong, Advisor, Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China tweeted.

His tweet included a detailed announcement from the embassy in New Delhi, announcing the opening of visas for students, families of those working in China and businessmen. The X1-Visa would be issued to students who wish to travel to China for long-term study for higher education purposes. This will include newly enrolled students and those returning to China to resume their studies.

More than 23,000 Indian students, most of whom are studying medicine, are believed to be in India due to COVID visa restrictions. India had submitted a list of several students after China searched for the names of those who wished to return immediately to continue their studies.

Some students from Pakistan, Russia, Sri Lanka and other countries have already arrived in recent weeks on charter flights. Monday’s announcement on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Delhi said student visas would be issued to new and returning students who could not travel due to COVID visa bans.

While new students must produce an original admission letter issued by a university in China, returning students must submit a certificate of return to campus issued by the university in China. According to official sources, more than 1,000 former Indian students have expressed a desire to return to resume their studies. It remains to be seen whether the universities processing their applications will issue the certificates allowing them to apply for visas.

Another problem was that there were no direct flights between the two countries. For the first time in more than two years, a charter flight hired by Indian businessmen and their families recently arrived in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. In July, China allowed family members of Indian professionals to work in China. Several of them arrived via third country routes paying several times more than normal ticket prices.

Indian and Chinese officials said talks were underway between the two countries to resume flight operations. The category of visas announced by the Chinese Embassy in India on Monday included the C-Visa issued to crew members. Other visa categories announced by the Embassy included M-Visa issued to those intending to visit China for business and commercial activities, F-Visa issued to those intending to visit in China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-business activities and Z-Visa for those who intend to work in China.

Other category permits included visas for dependents of those working in China.

With PTI inputs

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