How EVUS will affect Chinese tourists who have ten-year U.S. visa?
自2016年11月1日起，持有中国护照及10年有效商务/旅游签证（B1/B2或B1或B2）的旅客，入境美国前需先到“电子签证更新系统”（Electronic Visa Update System, EVUS）登记个人信息
Thank you for your EVUS questions. For those of you
not aware, EVUS stands for the Electronic Visa Update System, a new system
developed by our colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security.
Beginning in November 2016, all Chinese citizens who hold B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas
will also need to enroll in EVUS before travelling to the United States.
Since we began issuing ten year visas to Chinese citizens, we have seen a large
increase in applications, and I expect we will continue to see millions of
Chinese citizens travel to the United States. We are very happy that the
ten-year visa is here to stay!
Providing updated information in EVUS will help facilitate
entry into the United States for visa holders. Anyone entering the United
States will need both a visa and a valid EVUS enrollment if they have a
ten-year visa. Please note that travelers to the U.S. will only need to
enroll in EVUS every two years.
The process to enroll in EVUS is designed to be as easy to
use as possible. It is an on-line system. There is no need to go to
a bank. There is no need to go to a travel agent. There is no need
to come to the Embassy. You may enroll in EVUS as soon as you have your
visa. While the enrollment process should be very fast, we recommend
enrolling at least one week before your travel.
You may enroll in EVUS anywhere you have internet
access. You will be able to enroll using your computer, your laptop, or
your smartphone. It is easy enough to do yourself, but a friend or family
member or other third part could also do it on your behalf.
Let’s walk through a few examples to see how the process
· Xiao Wang
is a twenty-year old Chinese student studying in the United States. She
has a 5 year F-1 visa. She comes back to China this summer to visit her
family and then return to university. Before travelling to the
United States, she does not need to enroll in EVUS because EVUS is only for
holders of ten year B visas.
Wang’s mother plans to travel with her to the United States in to see where her
daughter studies. Xiao Wang’s mother receives a ten year B1/B2 visa from
the U.S. Embassy in July and travels with Xiao Wang to the United States in
August. Even though she has a ten-year visa, she does not need to enroll
in EVUS at this time. This system will not begin until November.
Wang’s mother enjoyed her short trip to the United States and wants to bring
her husband, Xiao Wang’s father, to see America in January 2017 during Spring
Festival. Using her valid visa, her mother can enroll in EVUS starting in
November and is required to enroll before travelling. She does not need
another visa. Xiao Wang’s father receives a 10-year B1/B2 visa from the
U.S. Embassy in December and can enroll in EVUS as soon as he receives his
visa. He is required to enroll in EVUS before travelling to
· Xiao Wang
is a great student and is graduating in the Spring of 2019. She wants her
mother, father, and grandparents to attend the graduation ceremony.
Her father has already has a valid 10-year visa and valid EVUS
enrollment. All he has to do is buy a plane ticket and go to America
because travelers only need to update their information in EVUS every two years
(unless they get a new passport). Xiao Wang’s mother also has a valid
visa and enrolled in EVUS less than two years ago. However, she got a new
passport, so she needs to enroll in EVUS again. Xiao Wang’s grandparents
have never travelled before so they need both a B2 visa and to be enrolledl in
EVUS before travelling to America.
enrollments last for two years. But, if Xiao Wang’s grandparents do not
travel back to the United States for a long time, they will not need to enroll
in EVUS again until just before they travel. Let’s say they travel on
vacation in 2024. They will need to enroll again just before that
I hope these examples of the hypothetical Wang family help answer
your questions about how EVUS will work. For more information,
please visit http://www.cbp.gov/evus.
The latest information will be posted there. Thank you!