The visa type is B2. Need the following:
- Invitation letter from you.
- Form I-134 from you indicating your willingness and capability
to support them financially in the US. This form needs to be notarized.
- Letter showing your status in the US, from your school or employer.
- Photocopy of your passport and visa.
- Evidence showing your parents' connection with China: other
children in China, ownership of a property in China, employment
information (for those who are not retired), etc.
For those who have been to the US and have returned to China before
their visa expired, they can get visa to the US through the local
office of Zhong1 Xin4 Bank, by simply providing passport, visa application
fee, and an additional processing fee.
If you parents don't understand much English, then the guided tours
will not be pleasant for them. One thing you can do is to do as
much research as you can beforehand to get background information.
Then you can be the tour guide. Some places, such as the United
Nations headquarter in New York, offer guided tours in Chinese.
Other places, such as the Pentagon headquarters in DC, and the Liberty
Bell in Philadelphia, offer a brochures in Chinese.
Many places have discounts for senior citizens for admission.
Things that can make your parents' stay more interesting:
- Watch Chinese video tapes if you can borrow or rent them.
- Get Chinese newspapers from local Chinese stores.
- Get online to read Chinese news etc.
- Get involved in a local Chinese church.
- If possible, purchase a satellite dish that can receive CCTV
international channels. You need to live in a place where there
are no tall buildings or trees that block the signal from reaching
the dish. You need to know the angels (vertical and horizontal)
of the sattelite relative to your area. The other challenge is
to get the cable from the outdoor satellite dish to inside your
house or apartment. You may be able to use an existing hole in
the wall originally for the electric power line. You may be able
to squeeze it through the space around a door or window. Or you
may have to drill a hole (not a good idea if you are renting).
If for some reason your parents want to stay beyond what their
current visa allow, they'd better apply for an extension to their
- I-539. One form for both parents, because one can be claimed
as the dependent of the other.
- A fee ($200 in 2007). Only one fee is needed for both parents.
- Reason for extension.
- Evidence for planning to go back to China, including photocopy
of return flight ticket with return date, and similar evidence
as those used when applying for the visa.
- Original I-94 forms.
Application for visa extension should be filed at least 45 days
before the visa expires. It may take INS a long time to process
the application. If by the time your parents are ready to go back
to China and you haven't heard from INS (thus the I-94 forms are
still at INS), don't worry. The airline will provide I-94 forms
for your parents to fill out when they leave the US.