How does EVUS work and why is it obligatory?

How does EVUS work and why is it obligatory?

The Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is an online system to be used by Nationals of China holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visitor visa. The EVUS was designed to improve travel to the United States. Individuals have to update their basic personal information regularly in order to facilitate their entry into the United States. Enrolling with EVUS is an official and mandatory requirement.

The United States Government and the Chinese Government set a reciprocal arrangement to issue visitor visas with a validity of ten years. Part of this arrangement establishes that travelers are required to complete an online form periodically and update their biographical details. Completion of this form facilitates the admission of Chinese travelers into the U.S.

Apply for an EVUS

Starting from November 29th of 2016, all Chinese citizens who hold the 10-year B1/2, B1 or B2 visa are expected to enroll in the program.

Why is the EVUS enrollment required?

The EVUS enrollment is required to facilitate entry into the United States. This program was created in agreement with both the Chinese and U.S. government in order to allow Chinese nationals with a valid visa entry into the country.

The EVUS enrollment is required to keep a record of biographical data of all those who wish to visit the United States. The program is in fact easily accessible and the online application takes up to 20 minutes to complete.

How does EVUS work?

It is only natural that this new program raises questions. In truth, the process is simple and self-explanatory. The first step is to enroll in the system and complete your personal information, including passport details and answer a series of questions.

Once you finish the application you will receive an enrollment number that will allow you to track your status. As mentioned earlier, the online application can take up to 20 minutes to finish and your status will be cleared a short time after that. Use your enrollment number to check the status of your EVUS. It is strongly recommended that all Chinese nationals who are going to travel to the United States enroll with EVUS at least 72 hours before departure.

We would also like to note that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months starting the day of arrival in the United States. Your American visitor visa must be valid too. Children of all ages are expected to enroll with EVUS. Each individual should have a unique enrollment number.

Once your EVUS has been approved, you can go to the United States as often as you like for short-term visits for a period of 2 consecutive years, or until your visa or passport expires, whichever comes first.

Bear in mind that anyone on a People’s Republic of China passport with a 10-year B1/B2 or Br or B2 visa should enroll, even if their country of residence is not China. This affects those people who live in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as long as they are Chinese nationals. Travelers using other travel documents like the Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR or Taiwan passport may continue to travel as they currently do.

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