The United States and China established a reciprocal 10-year visa policy for tourists and business people back in 2014. The creation of this mutual visa allows citizens of each country to travel between the two nations for an extended period of time and on multiple trips. Currently, Chinese citizens who wish to travel to the U.S. should hold a B1 or B2 visa or a combination of both.
The tourist and business visa to the U.S. is a mandatory requirement for all Chinese travelers. In addition to the 10-year U.S. visa, Chinese nationals are now obliged to enroll in EVUS, the Electronic Visa Update System. This system was launched on November 29th, 2016, and it is mandatory for people who hold a People’s Republic of China passport and have a B1 or B2 10-year visa for the U.S.
The system allows Chinese travelers to update their basic biographic details, including the details of their current visa. The American Customs and Border Control Protection came up with this program to screen travelers coming to the US and improve security.
EVUS was designed to streamline the travel experience for those coming to the United States for pleasure or business. The online application is fairly simple and will only take minutes. Ideally, Chinese travelers coming to the United States should register at least 72 hours before departure. The majority of applications are processed quickly, but it is still strongly advised to apply 3 days in advance.
A Chinese citizen traveling to the U.S. will need EVUS to enter the country. In the application process, the traveler will have to provide:
All information given during the EVUS application will remain private. The web uses an encryption system to prevent unauthorized access to the information provided. There may be a part of the online form including security-related questions. All information given must be correct and all answer true to the best of the applicant’s knowledge. All information provided in the EVUS form is screened and compared to databases.
Additional requirements include a current email address and a valid debit or credit card. EVUS does require applicants to pay a fee. The payment will be needed at the very end of the process. An enrollment number is given to each applicant. This is important because the number allows the traveler to check the status of their application. Once approved, EVUS will be sent to the person’s email.
The EVUS registration is a separate process from the DS-160 application. Chinese citizens traveling to the U.S. should have a valid visa during the application. In the case of an expired visa, the traveler must apply for the respective visa before registering for EVUS.