China opens visas for Bangladeshi students
Visa processing will start in the next couple of days
After nearly two and a half years, the Chinese government has opened visas for Bangladeshi students pursuing higher studies in the Asian country.
The visa procedures will begin within the next two or three days, according to the Chinese embassy in Bangladesh.
The development comes on Sunday, after a bilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries.
China and Bangladesh signed bilateral instruments in the presence of Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
During the meeting, Wang declared that all Bangladeshi students "are to return to China campus right from today. Visas will be issued ASAP", said Hualong Yan, minister counselor and deputy chief of mission of the Chinese embassy.
Over 5,000 Bangladeshi students studying in China had to return home in February 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They were unable to return as visas remained suspended during this time.
Being stuck in Bangladesh for over two years, they wrote to the foreign ministry, requesting measures for their return.
On June 20, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming in a video note posted on the mission’s Facebook page said: “China has started allowing foreign students to return to the country and Bangladesh is in the first lot.
“The pandemic, both in China and Bangladesh, seems under control, which is good news to our two countries."