In November 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities launched a new system to strengthen and streamline border control. The Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is a new travel authorization program designed for eligible foreigners who wish to travel repeatedly to the US with a full 10-year validity visa.
Only people with a valid Chinese (PRC) passport and specific types of 10-year US visas can enroll in EVUS. This means that holders of passports issued by Macau, Hong Kong (HKSAR), and Taiwan do not need to sign up for EVUS.
EVUS requirements do not apply to your place of residence but to your passport. This means that if you’re a Chinese citizen living in Macau and are planning to travel to the US under the aforementioned conditions, you must apply for EVUS.
Both PRC citizens and HKSAR citizens need to apply for a relevant US visa before traveling. Those with PRC passports need to enroll with EVUS on top of their visa.
Chinese passport holders living in Macau can easily apply online to enroll with EVUS. The application is very straightforward and easy to complete.
All you’ll need is the following:
You won’t need to visit a U.S. embassy or consulate in Macau or to return to China to apply. In fact, you won’t need to leave Macau at all and you can submit the EVUS registration from the comfort of your home or office.
The application form is quite easy to complete and will require you to provide a range of information, including:
The vast majority of applicants have no issues completing the online form and submitting the relevant documents. The EVUS application is designed to only take minutes — usually, around 20.
Chinese nationals living in Macau should apply for EVUS at least 72 hours prior to their intended departure date for the US in order to leave the American authorities enough time to process their registration.
If the information you have provided is correct and complete, you should receive your approved EVUS registration directly in your inbox.
Once approved, an EVUS registration is valid for a 2-year period and will allow multiple entries into the US. The length of your permitted stay for each entry will depend on your US visa and not on the EVUS registration. For example, a typical B1/B2 visa allows for 90-day visits.
Remember that your EVUS is directly linked to your Chinese passport and your US visa. This means that if your passport and/ or your visa expire before the 2-year EVUS does, you will have to apply for an EVUS registration again (that is, once you have obtained a new passport and/ or visa). In the new application, you’ll have to submit details of the new ID and travel documents that you’ll use to travel to the US.
Should you be on US territory when your EVUS expires, you will be able to leave the country without encountering any issues at the border.
Yes, citizens of the People’s Republic of China wishing to sign up for EVUS to travel to the United States of America will need a valid US visa before starting the registration.
Chinese citizens are required to apply for a 10-year B1/B2 visa in order to travel with EVUS. These are non-immigrant visas valid for up to 10 years that allow multiple entries into the US territory.
They are intended for tourism, business, and medical purposes. Depending on the reason for your travel, you can obtain a B1, B2, or a combination visa. It’s important that you check the type of visa that most applies to your specific circumstances as B1/B2 visas for Chinese travelers are granted with terms and limitations that the holder must respect (for example, you may not be able to work while in the U.S.).