Are you a Chinese citizen traveling to the USA? Then you should know that as of November 2016 all citizens of China with a valid 10-year visa B1 or B2 are expected to enroll with the EVUS program. The New Electronic Visa Update System has been designed to improve the experience upon entering the United States. It is also a system created to monitor visitors entering the country.
EVUS is an online system in which Chinese travelers must enroll at least 72 hours before their trip. The enrollment number is the number that the applicant receives once he or she has finished the application. The EVUS enrollment number can be used to check the status of the EVUS application. This number is sent to the applicant’s email address. You can check the status of your application any time after you’ve submitted your details.
We’d like to point out that EVUS checks the information provided by the applicant against law enforcement databases. If your EVUS application is approved you are eligible to visit the United States for short-term stays. Bear in mind that if you’d like to work and study in the U.S. for long periods of time, a visitor visa is not sufficient.
Enrolling with EVUS is an easy process to follow. You need to meet the EVUS requirements for a successful application. Currently, EVUS is a system only available to Chinese citizens but it is likely that the program will expand and apply to other nations that need a B1 or B2 visa to visit the United States.
When you enroll with EVUS you need to complete the following information:
After you’ve submitted your application it can take up to 72 hours to receive a response. You need to have an approved EVUS to travel to the United States. Although a vast majority of applications are approved within minutes, sometimes the system needs to double-check the information. Therefore it is strongly advised to apply 3 days in advance. Use your enrollment number to check the status.
An approved EVUS will be valid for multiple trips for two consecutive years from the day of your enrollment or until your passport or visa expire. In case your passport or visa expires you will need to enroll with EVUS again. Therefore you must update your visa and passport information before your trip.
EVUS needs to be valid at the time of arrival only. This means that if it expires during your stay in the United States you will not have issues at the time of departure. With this said, EVUS does not grant the traveler the right to stay in the United States for two years. EVUS is an additional migratory requirement for short term stays only.