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Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) For Chinese Nationals Holding A 10-Year U.S. Visitor Visa

Effective 29 November 2016, Chinese nationals holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visitor visa will be required to enroll themselves in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) in order to travel to the United States. EVUS enrollment will become mandatory for travelers who carry a maximum validity (10-year) B1/B2, B1 and B2 visas on their passports issued by the People’s Republic of China.

What is EVUS?

The Electronic Visa Update System, EVUS, is the online automated system that is used by Chinese nationals holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visitor visa to periodically update their basic biographic information. This helps facilitate their travel to the United States. Travelers will be required to complete EVUS enrolment before they will be admitted into the U.S. after 29 November 2016. The system determines eligibility of the traveler and is required under U.S. immigration law.

Who needs to enroll?

Initially, only those Chinese nationals will be required to enroll in EVUS who are traveling on a passport that has been issued by the People’s Republic of China. Travelers holding a Taiwan passport, Macau SAR, or Hong Kong SAR, won’t be required to enroll with EVUS.

All Chinese nationals who were issued a B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 visa before 29 November 2016, will be required to enroll with EVUS by Wednesday 14 December, 2016. For those Chinese nationals who have been issued the B-1, B-2, or B-1/B-2 visa on or after November 29, 2016, they will need to enroll in EVUS once they receive the visa, before traveling to the U.S.

Moreover, Chinese nationals will need to present proof of compliance with EVUS after 28 November, 2016, when traveling on a 10-year visa. Failing to do so will prevent them from obtaining a boarding pass or even enter through a land port of entry.

What happens if the traveler fails to enroll?

If the traveler fails to enroll with EVUS, or if they fail to re-enroll, it will result in the automatic provisional revocation of their visa. Once the visa holder successfully enrolls in the system, the visa may be reinstated.

How to enroll in EVUS?

To enroll in EVUS, travelers can visit www.evus.gov and provide the requested details which include their visa and passport details. They may be required to submit their employment information along with other biographical details. The process can take up to 72 hours to adjudicate the enrollment. Once enrollment is successful, a notification of compliance will be issued to the applicant. This notification would be valid for two years, or until the applicant’s passport or visa expires. The fee to enroll in EVUS is $8, which is approximate 53 RMB.

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