Chinese Nationals Holding a 10-year Tourist/Business U.S. Visa need EVUS to enter the U.S.
On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that starting November 2016, all nationals of the People’s Republic of China, holding a 10-year Tourist/Business Visitor U.S. visa must update their information through an Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before entering the United States.
Enrollment in EVUS system is a new requirement, which is part of a recent agreement between China and the United States to issue tourist/business 10-year visas based on a reciprocal basis. “EVUS is designed to enhance both national security and the longevity of the joint agreement with China to issue 10-year visas,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “CBP has been working to ensure that the enrollment process will be fast, easy and mobile phone-friendly for the more than 3.9 million nationals of the People’s Republic of China holding 10-year visas.”
The newly developed EVUS system is expected to open in mid-October this year. Starting November 29, 2016, all Chinese passport holders with a valid B-1, B-2 or B-1/B-2 U.S. visa will be required to log on to www.cbp.gov/EVUS and provide their updated biographical information, including names, date of birth, contact information, employment information etc.
The system will be charging an $8 fee for each enrollment. The EVUS enrollment is valid for two years or until a Chinese traveler obtains a new passport or visa. Those Chinese visitors, who wouldn’t have a valid EVUS enrollment after November 29th, will not be able to enter the country.
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