EVUS is an Electronic Visa Update System created to simplify entry into the United States. As the name indicates, the EVUS enrollment 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.
Enrolling in EVUS is an additional requirement implemented for nationals of the People’s Republic of China who wish to enter the United States. A valid EVUS registration does not substitute a visa but is still necessary for holders of class B visas to cross the American border. If the traveler does not have a class B visa, they do not need to enroll in the EVUS system.
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 application only takes minutes.
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 enroll online in EVUS.
When enrolling in the EVUS program, 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.
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.
Enrolling in EVUS is a requirement established by the U.S. 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.
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 potential delays.
When providing the details of the visa in the EVUS enrollment form, applicants should write the number of their U.S. visa as well as the date of issue and expiration. Travelers should review their visa information carefully when enrolling with the EVUS system.
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 and safety questions, the traveler should answer as accurately as possible. If the applicant provides incorrect or misleading information, the EVUS enrollment request will be rejected.
An EVUS enrollment is normally valid for 2 years from the date of registration and allows for multiple entries. However, if someone’s U.S. visa expires, or the remaining time on their passport is less than 6 months, the EVUS enrollment will no longer be valid.
EVUS allows Chinese visitors to stay in the U.S. for a total period of up to 6 months within the two-year validity period. It does not entitle travelers to stay in the U.S. for 2 full years.
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.
On rare occasions, the status of someone’s EVUS can be changed to ‘unsuccessful’ after the application has been successfully completed. In these cases, travelers will no longer be able to use their EVUS to enter the U.S. Applicants can check the status and expiration date of their EVUS by logging in to their account.
If any of the EVUS holder’s passport details change, or if the visitor changes their name, sex, or nationality, their EVUS will no longer be valid and it will be necessary to register again by completing a new EVUS enrollment form.
As stated before, 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 enroll 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 U.S.
When completing the EVUS enrollment, applicants should provide the following information to obtain an approved EVUS:
Besides all of the personal details required and explained above, travelers who wish to enroll with EVUS are required to answer security questions. The questions on the EVUS enrollment 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.
EVUS is a program put in place by the Department of Homeland Security to improve security and immigration processes. The web ensures the privacy of your information by using the latest and most advanced technology and encrypting system to prevent unauthorized access to all the personal details you provide.
When you enroll in EVUS, you will be assigned a unique enrollment number which you can use to check your status. It is strongly advised you keep a copy of this number. The EVUS will be electronically linked to your passport and 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visa.
The system will safely collect your travel documentation information such as your complete name, your date of birth as well as your passport number, issuing country and date and the passport’s expiration date. Furthermore you will need to fill in additional details like your gender, address and job title. All individuals are asked to provide travel information such as U.S. point of contact name and address and where you will be staying during your trip. This information is for the purpose of immigration security and will not be shared.
Before you enroll in EVUS it’s important that you hold either the Business Visitor Visa known as B1 or the Tourist Visitor Visa defined commonly as the B2.
In order to be eligible for the EVUS you should have a 10-year B1 Visa, a B2 Visa or a combined B1/B2 Visitor Visa. On November 29, 2016 it was officially released that Chinese nationals who own a People’s Republic of China Passport, including citizens from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan should enroll with the EVUS before visiting the United States.
As a parent, you are probably wondering whether your child needs an EVUS to travel to the United States. The answer is yes, all travelers who hold a People’s Republic of China passport including children of all ages must apply for EVUS if they have been granted a 10-year B1, B2 or a combined B1/B2 visa to the United States.
It is important to note that parents need to ensure a child has their own Chinese passport in order to travel to the US. Minors may not travel with an EVUS if they are included in their parent's passport.
Parents need to apply for an individual EVUS application on behalf of each of their children, using each child’s passport details on the enrollment form. When completing an EVUS enrollment on behalf of a minor, you must answer the questions and statements truthfully as their guardian.
Each traveler is required to own a current passport as well as an individual visa and EVUS enrollment. Parents and legal guardians of minors -under 18 years of age- will have to submit a singular form per person or per child. The application fee will be enforced in all applications.
We would like to remind you that even if you or your child’s US visa (B1, B2 or B1/B2 visa) information has not changed since it was issued, they still need to register for a mandatory EVUS.
Minors traveling accompanied or unaccompanied, regardless of their age, who are citizens of EVUS eligible countries —including China— are required to have their own EVUS status of 'Enrolled' prior to traveling to the United States.
Citizens under the age of 18 traveling to the United States are considered minors. They are required to carry the same documents as adults:
Minors who try to enter the United States without the proper documents, or who are accompanied by adults other than their parents or legal guardian(s), will be checked closely upon arrival.
Underage individuals traveling without both parents or accompanied by adults that are not their parents or legal guardians may be asked to provide a letter of consent —in some cases, notarized— stating that their parents allow the child to take this trip.
US border authorities are on the lookout for children who need protection and carefully check for missing or runaway children. Officials may ask you about children who travel to the United States with you or question a child who travels alone to the US with an EVUS. Make sure you —or the unaccompanied child— have the proper documents on you.
Most airlines follow these guidelines regarding unaccompanied EVUS-enrolled children flying to the USA:
Some airlines will charge parents whose children travel alone to the US an unaccompanied-minor fee. If this arrangement is not made for a child traveling alone, the airline will usually expect the minor to be responsible for making their own alternative plans in the event of a canceled, delayed or diverted flight.
Parents and legal guardians of these children will not necessarily be notified of any schedule irregularities if unaccompanied-minor arrangements are not requested.
These are the minimum and maximum ages set by most airlines for minors traveling unaccompanied with an EVUS towards the US. However, you as a parent are in the best position to decide whether your child is prepared to travel without a family member or guardian.
No. A successful EVUS enrollment means that you are eligible to travel to the United States under your current 10-year B1, B2 or a combined B1/B2 Visa. However, this does not guarantee your admission into the United States.
Upon arrival at any port of entry in the US, all travelers go through an inspection by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. He/she will then determine whether you are admissible in the United States or not.
A successful EVUS enrollment and a valid entry Visa in your current passport are the required documents for admission.
EVUS is an automated system that requires the following:
If you are traveling from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau and have a People’s Republic of China passport as well as a 10-year visitor visa you should enroll in the EVUS. Travelers who reside in these countries but have other travel documents such as the Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan passport may continue to travel to U.S. as they do.
If your passport has expired, you will be required to apply for a new EVUS Visa update before entering the United States. We recommend that you enroll for EVUS at least 72-hours before your planned trip, to avoid any possible delays.
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China, including citizens from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan traveling with a People’s Republic of China passport, are required to apply for EVUS to enter the United States.
If you are required to enroll in EVUS due to your country of citizenship, you must use the Passport issued by that country to enroll and when you travel. If your Passport is expired, you must obtain a new Passport to enroll with EVUS again.