EVUS Enrollment Online Process

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The EVUS Enrollment is required for Chinese citizens traveling to the USA

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What Is the EVUS Enrollment?

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.

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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.

Anyone from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan traveling on a People's Republic of China passport with a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 visa is also obliged to enroll in the EVUS system.

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.

EVUS Enrollment Requirements

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:

  • Applicants must hold a People’s Republic of China Passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival
  • Applicants should have a valid 10-year U.S. tourist or business visa
  • A current email address
  • A debit or credit card to cover the EVUS registration fee

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.

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EVUS Enrollment Guide

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.

How Long is the EVUS Enrollment Valid for?

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.

EVUS Enrollment for Children

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.

Required Information for the EVUS Enrollment

When completing the EVUS enrollment, 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. U.S. 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 U.S. visa.
  4. Last Name: the last name should match the information in both the passport and visa.
  5. Name: the name of the foreign visitor 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 U.S. visa. In case the traveler has an expired passport with the U.S. 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 foreigner 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 petitioner 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 U.S. visa.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 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.

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