Enrolling in EVUS is designed to be straightforward. The process can be completed online at any time though applicants should register at least 72 hours before traveling to the U.S. to allow for delays.
The U.S. is a fantastic country to visit and it is natural that individual travelers and groups want to visit America. The registration process is very similar in both cases.
EVUS was designed to increase border security and it is needed in addition to having a B1, B2, or combination B1/B2 visa. Chinese citizens, including people from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, need to register with EVUS when traveling alone or as part of a group.
The online application form requires applicants to enter a range of information including their name, address, date of birth, passport details, and employment history.
It is essential to answer the questions accurately as any incorrect information could lead to the application being rejected. The whole process takes less than 20 minutes per applicant.
Once an application has been approved, the EVUS authorization is valid for two years and allows visitors to enter the US multiple times. The EVUS authorization expires if the holder’s passport expires before this two-year duration.
To register with EVUS as a group each person’s details must be entered individually. The reality is, a separate application must be made for each traveler. However, the EVUS registration can be completed on someone’s behalf. This means that one person can complete the registrations for a group of people.
To be able to register with EVUS on someone else’s behalf it is necessary to be able to answer all of the questions on the EVUS form. This means having all the required information which includes:
Given name(s): Exactly as it appears on the person’s U.S. visa and passport (which should match). Do not include Mr./Ms./Mrs./Snr. etc.
Surname (or last name): Exactly as it appears on the person’s U.S. visa and passport (which should match).
Date of birth: You should enter your date of birth in the following format: DD/MM/YYYY. If a person was born on January 15th 1990, it should be entered as 15/01/1990. On your B1/B2 visa your date of birth appears in a different format (YYMMDD) so be careful not to enter the information incorrectly.
Passport number: As shown on your B1/B2 visa and your passport. The same details must be used. travelers cannot use a different passport to enter the U.S. other than that stated on their B1/B2 visa and their EVUS authorization.
B1/B2 visa issue date: As displayed on the visa.
B1/B2 visa expiry date: As displayed on the visa.
B1/B2 visa foil number: The number that appears in red characters, below the visa expiry date.
Point of contact in the USA: This should be in the case of an emergency and is very important.
The EVUS application also includes a range of security questions. To be able to complete the form for another person it is essential to be informed about their health and background.
To successfully obtain an EVUS authorization all applicants need to have a valid Chinese passport (with at least six months remaining from the date of arrival) as well as a 10-year nonimmigrant U.S. visa (either a B1, B2 or combination visa).
The EVUS eligibility and requirements are the same regardless of the applicant's age. Children must obtain an EVUS authorization before traveling to the United States as well as adults.