The U.S. government said it would strengthen visa review but welcomed Chinese people to legitimate study.

 The U.S. government said it would strengthen visa review but welcomed Chinese people to legitimate study.

Against this backdrop, a State Department spokesman finally admitted that the visa review for the United States had indeed become more serious and thorough because of fears that foreign intelligence agencies would cooperate with foreign students. She also said that Chinese students are welcome to study in the United States legally.

Agence France-Presse said that the United States welcomed Chinese people to legitimate learning.

According to Agence France-Presse on June 4, a spokesman for the United States Department of State released his views on recent visas to the United States on Monday. We welcome Chinese scholars and students to come to the United States for legal academic activities, she said.

But she also declared: Recently, there have been a series of increasing cases that show that foreign intelligence agencies will choose to cooperate with foreign students in the United States and do harm to the interests of the United States.

The spokesman therefore pointed out that the U.S. government has decided to strengthen visa review and provide the highest quality services to all legitimate applicants so that they can get a faster and clearer picture of visa applications.

Since Trump came to power, the American government has been more and more strict in censoring Chinese scholars. Since June 11, 2018, the U.S. State Department has restricted the validity of visas for Chinese graduate students studying in sensitive fields to one year. These students have the opportunity to re-apply for visas every year. This overturned the Obama-era policy of allowing Chinese citizens to obtain five-year student visas.

In response, Cui Tiankai, Chinas ambassador to the United States, responded forcefully last December: Recently, we have heard some accusations against foreign students, which are groundless, ridiculous and extremely unfair to them. Its a pity that those who have made these accusations should have experienced passionate adolescence, and now may have their own children. How could they have such a dark and despicable attitude towards todays youth?

Its really hard to apply for a US signature.

On the afternoon of June 3, the Ministry of Education issued the No. 1 warning on studying abroad in 2019, saying that for some time, visas for some Chinese students studying in the United States have been restricted, the period has been extended, the period of validity has been shortened, and the rate of refusal to sign has increased, which has had an impact on Chinese students studying in the United States or completing their studies smoothly in the United States. The Ministry of Education reminds students and scholars of the need to strengthen risk assessment, enhance awareness of prevention and make appropriate preparations before studying abroad.

According to the statistics of the National Overseas Study Fund Management Committee, China plans to send 10313 students to the United States in 2018. Among them, 331 were unable to go to the United States as planned due to visa problems, accounting for 3.2% of the planned number of personnel. From January to March, 2019, China planned to send 1353 students to the United States, 182 of whom failed because of visa problems, accounting for more than 13.5% of the planned dispatches.

The Ministry of Education released an early warning map of studying in the United States on March 3 from CCTV News

In addition, according to the website of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, since May 31, non-immigrant visa applicants in the United States have to submit their social platforms and account names for five years when filling out the DS-160 form online. These social platforms include Douban, QQ space, Sina or Tencent Weibo, Youku, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which are popular social platforms abroad.

Social media drop-down menu for visa applications

However, this change in the U.S. visa application is not new. According to the New York Times, in September 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would collect information on visa applicantssocial networking sites in order to increase the censorship of foreigners entering the United States. It is reported that this plan will affect about 14 million visitors to the United States every year.

In this regard, the Chinese Embassy in the United States reminds Chinese citizens to abide by relevant laws when applying for visas, fill in the purpose of going to the United States truthfully, provide application materials truthfully, and do not engage in activities inconsistent with the type of visa after arriving in the United States.

Famous American schools still welcome Chinese students

Despite the stricter and stricter visa review, the Ministry of Education said Wednesday that the overall situation of Chinese students studying in the United States has remained stable.

According to data from the US Immigration Service, the number of F1 visas issued to full-time American students in April 2018 was more than 3,700, while that in April this year was close to 4,300, nearly 15% higher than that in the same period in 2018.

In addition, many famous American schools have also expressed their support for Chinese students and scholars. On February 21, the University of California, Berkeley, issued a joint statement by its president, vice-president and dean, strongly responding to the report negative comments on Chinese-Americans of the University and researchers working with Chinese companies and institutions.

On March 7, President Stanford and the Administrator issued a joint statement saying that it was important to ensure that security concerns did not develop into a dangerous phenomenon of questioning people only by their country of origin or history of growth.

On May 23, Peter Salovy, President of Yale University, issued an open letter reiterating that international students and scholars would be welcomed as always.

Yale President Peter Salovito from Yales official website

Up to now, at least seven well-known research institutes and universities in the United States have come out to express their respect and gratitude to international students and scholars, including Chinese Americans, and firmly demonstrate that the school will continue to carry out legitimate international scientific exchanges.

However, on May 23, Emory University officially dismissed Li Xiaojiang, a professor of lifelong Chinese origin, in the form of an official email notification. Earlier, Li Xiaojiangs laboratory in the United States was suddenly shut down on the 17th.

On May 25, Song Xianzhong, president of Jinan University, revealed that Jinan University had decided to take over all the professors and personnel of Li Xiaojiangs team and provide them with venues and laboratories to continue their research. At the same time, he expressed the hope that more scholars would return to China to engage in scientific research.

Source: Responsible Editor of Observer Network: Liu Yuxin_NBJS7825