NYU Shanghai speeds up helping international students come to China
The following is the good news from NYU Shanghai to members of the NYU Shanghai community posted on their official websiterecently.
We write now to share some good news.
We have now learned that the approval process has been completed with regard to visa issuances for international students. Thanks to truly extraordinary efforts by the governments of the Pudong District and Shanghai City, as well as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NYU Shanghai has been given an “exemption” from the prevailing freeze on the issuance of student visas, so that we may bring our international students to China.
We are especially happy to note that this exemption applies to both students in Group 1B and students in Group 2. There will not be any gap between the transition of entering first-year students to Shanghai and the return of upper-year students.
Now that it has been granted, this exemption must be implemented through a set of procedures that begin with the issuance of Invitation Letters. These procedures will be set in motion by the authorities at the Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office once they return from their National Day and Mid-Autumn break, which lasts through October 8. Each of the hundreds of invitation letters must be produced individually in accordance with an exacting process. We expect all the invitation letters to be issued during the week of October 12. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding while these procedures are completed.
This Friday, October 9th, Dean Pe will be sending our returning international students a full set of instructions on the steps that must be taken to transform Invitation Letters into new visas as smoothly as possible. Even before receiving Dean Pe’s instructions, returning students can begin to prepare in the following ways:
1、Identify the location of the Chinese embassy or consulate within your geographical jurisdiction;
2、Visit your embassy or consulate’s website and review the requirements for submitting an application for the issuance of a visa;
3、Identify possible COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Testing facilities near you that have the capacity to administer a test and provide results within a short window (we expect that you will need to have taken a nucleic acid test within 72 hours before you board your flight and to have had the negative results of that test certified by your embassy or consulate); and
4、Explore flight options and possible dates of travel.
By doing this preparatory work, students can help to ensure that their entry into China proceeds in as orderly a manner as possible.
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