EVUS is an Electronic Visa Update System created to simplify entry into the United States. As the name indicates, the EVUS registration is meant to be used to update details of a 10-year B1 or B2, or B1/B2 visa before traveling to the U.S.
As of November 29th, 2016, citizens of the People’s Republic of China who hold a valid 10-year U.S. visa for tourism or business purposes must register with EVUS before traveling to the United States.
Completing the EVUS enrollment is a straightforward process, in which the applicant must provide their personal details, passport information, and their U.S. visa information. The traveler must hold a valid 10-year B1, B2, or B1/B2 U.S. visa and must also have a valid passport issued by the People’s Republic of China to register online with EVUS.
Foreigners using other travel documents, including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, may continue to travel to the U.S. as they currently do. Citizens of Taiwan traveling with a Taiwanese passport may apply for the ESTA Visa Waiver.
It is expected that EVUS will become a requirement for even more countries. Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and others might soon be required to use the EVUS update system before traveling to the United States.
At the moment, the EVUS registration system is only available for nationals of China. The EVUS system is only intended for 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visa holders; other types of visas are not required to apply for EVUS.
When enrolling in the EVUS system, it is very important to revise the visa type, which is indicated below the control number on the U.S. visa.
The visa number will be indicated in the bottom corner in red numbers, following the letter E. A successful EVUS enrollment should be processed within minutes. Applicants are still advised to enroll with EVUS at least 72 hours before their trip.
Registering with EVUS is a requirement established by the US Immigration Department for foreign visitors who wish to travel to the United States with their 10-year B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa.
To successfully enroll with EVUS, the application must meet the following EVUS registration requirements:
If the applicant’s passport expires and the visa on the passport is still valid, the applicant should obtain a new passport before registering with the EVUS system. In the case of an expired passport, the applicant should use both passports during their EVUS enrollment: the expired passport to retrieve information about their visa, and their new passport to apply for a new EVUS. The new passport will be the primary passport.
When traveling to the United States, applicants will be required to present both the valid passport and the expired passport with the valid visa. For more information regarding the registration process please check our EVUS FAQ section.
Applicants can enroll with EVUS at any time before arriving in the United States. However, applicants are advised to submit their EVUS enrollment at least 72 hours prior to departure to avoid any potencial delays.
When completing the details of the visa, applicants should provide the number of their US visa as well as the date of issue and expiration. Travelers should review their visa information carefully when enrolling with the EVUS system.
Once EVUS has been approved, it is valid for two consecutive years and can be used to enter the U.S. multiple times within the validity period. If the visa or passport expires before the EVUS registration does, the traveler should register online for a new EVUS.
The EVUS enrollment must be valid upon arrival. If EVUS expires after the foreign citizen has been allowed to enter the United States, it will not affect the applicant's departure. EVUS must simply be valid when the traveler is entering the United States.
Important reminder: If the applicant is going to pass through the United States only for transit purposes, they must also register with the EVUS system. When enrolling with EVUS, those who meet the EVUS requirements must answer “Yes” to the question “Do you come to the United States to transit to another country?” if it applies to their situation.
Before answering the questions and completing the EVUS registration form, applicants should read each section carefully and revise all of their details.
When filling out the EVUS enrollment form, especially when answering all eligibility questions and safety questions, the traveler should answer as accurately as possible. If the applicant provides incorrect or misleading information, the EVUS enrollment will be rejected.
EVUS is mandatory for all Chinese nationals who hold a valid 10-year category B visa. In other words, children are also expected to have a valid EVUS upon arrival in the United States. Parents or guardians should register minors with the EVUS update system.
All children, without exception, are required to travel with an approved EVUS. Minors must also have a valid passport from the People’s Republic of China in order to enter the US.
When completing the EVUS registration, applicants should provide the following information to obtain an approved EVUS:
1) Passport Issuing Date: the traveler should enter the passport's date of issue, which is shown on the first page of the passport.
2) US Visa Issuing Date: the applicant should enter the date in which the visa was issued - this is shown on the visa page attached to the passport.
3) Visa B1/B2 Number: the number of the visa is shown at the bottom of the page in red, just below the validity period of the US visa.
4) Last Name: the last name should match the information in both the passport and visa.
5) Name: the name of the applicant must match the information in the passport and visa. The applicant should not include titles such as Mr / Mrs / Ms alongside the name.
6) The number of the passport the visa B1/B2 was issued for: all applicants should enter the number of the passport that is linked to their US visa. In case the traveler has an expired passport with the US visa and a new passport they must use both passports during the EVUS enrollment and should also travel with both documents. When completing the EVUS registration form, the applicant is asked if their visa is on an expired passport or not.
7) Date of Birth: the traveler should provide the date of birth as it is given in their passport. They should enter their date of birth in the following format: day/month/year. There are two spaces for the date and the month and four spaces for the year. Note: The visa shows the date of birth in a different format: year, month, and day. Travelers should not use this format and adhere to how it is on their passport.
8) Passport expiration date: the traveler should provide the expiration date shown on the first page of their passport, and should enter the expiration date of the visa according to what is stated in the US visa.
Emergency contact information: the applicant should provide information about their emergency contact. These details are extremely important, especially in the unfortunate case that a real emergency occurs.
Employment details: all applicants are asked to enter a few details about their employment history.
Besides all of the personal details required and explained above, travelers who wish to obtain an EVUS are required to answer security questions. The questions on the EVUS registration form will help determine the applicant’s eligibility to travel to the United States. All answers must be completed in English, other languages will not be recognized.