In accordance with the agreement signed between the United States and China to extend visa validity, beginning in November 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports will be required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application via a website every two years, or upon getting a new passport, whichever occurs first. This mechanism will be called EVUS – Electronic Visa Update System.
In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will launch the EVUS update process online. It will be very similar to the information update process that travelers from 38 other countries currently undergo every two years.
You do not need to take any action until the EVUS online update system is available in November 2016. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has established an informational website to explain the program and visa holders’ future requirements at www.cbp.gov/EVUS. The Consular Section encourages all holders of 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports to visit this website to obtain updated information throughout the year.
Please see the following most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please check the CBP website at www.cbp.gov/EVUS.
My visa has an annotation “Enrollment required beginning November 2016. Details at www.cbp.gov/EVUS” . What does this mean?
Applicants who are holding valid 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas issued before November 2016 will have to enroll in EVUS to use their visas any time after the launch of the program. Please go to www.cbp.gov/EVUS for further information.
What is EVUS?
EVUS is the online system used by nationals of China holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visa periodically to update basic biographic information to facilitate their travel to the United States. In addition to a valid visa, such travelers will be required to complete an EVUS enrollment to be admitted into the United States.
Who will need to comply with EVUS requirements and when will this new requirement take place?
All nationals of the People’s Republic of China holding valid 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas who travel to the United States on a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China will begin using this system in November 2016. Before that date, those holding 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas may travel to the United States without any further action. All other travelers with valid visas may travel to the United States as they do normally, regardless of the date.
Will this affect current visa holders, new applicants, or both?
Both. Nationals of the People’s Republic of China who are holding valid 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas issued before November 2016 will have to enroll in EVUS to use their visas any time after the launch of the program. Those who receive 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas from November 2016 onwards will have to enroll before their initial trip to the United States. Enrollment for all applicants will remain valid for two years or until the traveler’s visa or passport expire, whichever comes first. The visa holders will then have to update their information before traveling to the United States again.
Are current visas still valid?
Yes, current B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas are still valid for travel to the United States. Travelers do not need to complete an online EVUS form before November 2016. EVUS registration is a separate process than applying for a visa