The Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is a form of travel authorization introduced by the U.S. authorities in November 2016. At the moment, only citizens with passports from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are required to obtain an EVUS registration before traveling to the U.S.
Citizens with passports issued by Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau do not need to register with EVUS. However, if someone is living in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau, but has a Chinese (PRC) passport, then it is necessary to enroll. The application is simple and it only takes a matter of minutes.
Chinese passport holders living in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau can register with EVUS by completing the online EVUS form. It involves answering some basic questions and can be completed at any time.
Applicants must enter personal information such as:
The EVUS application is straightforward and quick to complete. It should take no longer than 20 minutes to process, though in rare cases it may take more time. Travelers should apply for EVUS online at least 72 hours before traveling to the U.S. to allow for potential delays. It is important to be as accurate as possible when entering information, as any incomplete or incorrect information could lead to the application being rejected.
An EVUS visa registration is valid for a period of two years. However EVUS is attached to the holder’s passport and their B1/B2 visa - if either of these expires, the EVUS visa does too.
In this case, it necessary to apply for a new EVUS by completing another online application.
The EVUS registration allows for multiple entries into the U.S. The maximum permitted length of each stay depends upon the duration stated on the B1/B2 visa which is normally a maximum of 90 days per trip.
Citizens of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau need a B1/B2 visa (or combination B1/B2 visa) to travel to the U.S. with EVUS. These visas are temporary nonimmigrant visas that are designed for different purposes.
Applicants need to first complete a Form DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application). It may also be necessary to attend an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Citizens with a Chinese passport need an EVUS registration in addition to the B1/B2 visa. To apply for EVUS it is necessary to have a PRC passport and a valid B1/B2 visa.