International Fashion Show at Shoreline!

Shoreline Community College is celebrating International Eudcation Week from November 18th to November 20th, 2014. The International Education Week is an annual celebration promoting international education and exchange. The International Education department kiched off the events with an International Fashion Show in Main Dining Room.

 

The fashion show featured traditional clothes from more than 15 different cultures around the world, including Mali, China, India, Eritrea, Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and so on. Check here for more activities during International Education Week.

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The United States and China To Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

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Starting November 12, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens.

Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. Qualified Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years or the length of their program. U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program.

Benefits of Visa Validity Extension:

– The reciprocal extension of visa validity to 10 years for short-term business and tourist travel between China and the United States will increase travel and exchanges, enhance mutual understanding between our countries, and benefit our economies by increasing the ease of trade and investment. Ten years is the longest visa validity possible under U.S. law.

– This new arrangement will be more convenient and less costly for travelers. Prior to this, Chinese and American business travelers and tourists had to apply annually if visiting the United States or China each year.

– Until now, many Chinese students who left the United States for short visits abroad were required to apply for new visas. Under the new arrangement, Chinese students will find it easier and more convenient to return home because in many cases they will not be required to obtain new visas prior to returning to the United States to study.

– The arrangement underscores the U.S. commitment to promote bilateral tourism and trade and increase opportunities for people-to-people engagement.

Background:

– More NIVs are processed in China than in any other country; applications processed in China represent more than 14 percent of all NIV applications worldwide. More than 1.95 million NIV applications were processed for Chinese nationals in fiscal year 2014.

– Wait times for interview appointments in China have averaged less than one week at each post in Mission China for the last two years. Due to efficient processing, most applicants are able to enter the Embassy or Consulate, complete their interview, and depart in less than an hour. –

– The vast majority of foreign investment activities in the United States can be performed on a standard business/tourist (B1/B2) visa.

– Chinese nationals comprise the largest group of foreign students in the United States.

– Mission China processed more than 316,000 student and exchange visitor visa applications in FY2014, a 12 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

– Student visas issued to Chinese nationals accounted for 16 percent of all types of U.S. visas issued in China. Student and exchange visitor visas issued to Chinese applicants represent 30 percent of all such visas issued worldwide.

– Changes in visa validity will not affect visa eligibility criteria, and the basic visa processing fee remains unchanged at the current rate of 160 USD.

Report from Press Releases: November 2014, Bureau of Public Affairs. For further information, please visit http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn

 

International Education Week!

International Education Week is an annual celebration promoting international education and exchange. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, Shoreline Community College will host a number of events and presentations from Nov. 18th to Nov. 20th, 2014

We welcome everyone to join the activities and presentations! Please check the program schedule:

 

Tuesday, Nov. 18

International Fashion Show
Noon -1 pm |Main Dining Room

What the US has to Learn From the Late Great Mandela’s Actions

by Dr. Ernest Johnson

12:30 –1:30 pm |Quiet  Dining Room

Integrating Chinese Students on Campus

by International Education staff and current

Chinese students

1:40—3:00 pm |Quiet Dining Room

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Global Education and Engagement

by Diana Sampson & Samira Pardanani

11:30 am—12:30 pm |Quiet Dining Room

Globalization through Art

by Keith Takechi

12:45—1:45 pm |Quiet Dining Room

Thursday, Nov. 20
Study Abroad and U.S. Passport Fair

Noon -1 pm |Main Dining Room

 

International Week Poster-final.pdf