EVUS stands for Electronic Visa Update System. EVUS is an automated system that has been implemented by the Customs and U.S. Border Protection. The Electronic Visa Update System has been created to determine eligibility to travel to the United States for temporary business or pleasure on a 10-year visitor visa, B1, B2, or B1/B2. The purpose of EVUS is to contribute to border security by identifying travelers before they head to the U.S.
Once a traveler has successfully registered with EVUS and the registration been approved, EVUS will be valid for a period of two consecutive years. In the case that the passport or visa expires before the two years, the traveler will need to register for a new EVUS. The validity period for EVUS begins the moment it's approved. An EVUS holder can travel to the United States multiple times and for short-term periods.
A valid EVUS registration is not the same as a valid US visitor visa B1, B2, or B1/B2. In order to obtain EVUS, the traveler should have a valid visitor visa. The processes to obtain a visa and an EVUS are different, but they complement each other. Individuals who hold a valid 10-year US visitor visa B1, B2, or a combination of both, must register online to get an EVUS before traveling to the United States.
The Electronic Visa Update System was launched on November 29th, 2016. Currently, EVUS is mandatory for individuals who hold a passport issued by thr People’s Republic of China and have a valid B1 or B2 visitor visa with 10-year validity. It is expected that EVUS will become available for many other countries that require a visitor visa class B to enter the U.S.
All citizens of the People’s Republic of China, including tourists of Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan who hold a Chinese passport, regardless of their age, must register with EVUS to update the details of their visa before traveling to the United States.
It is projected that the U.S. will also request citizens of other countries to register with the Electronic Visa Update System. These include Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela among others.
Even if the information regarding the B1 or B2 visitor visa does not change, U.S. visitor visa holders with a Chinese passport must complete the EVUS registration if they wish to visit the United States.
EVUS is an online system that allows a visitor visa holder to update the details of their class B visa. It was developed by the Customs and U.S. Border Protection and officially launched on November 29th, 2016. The EVUS registration is an obligatory requirement for individuals who hold a 10-year visitor visa B1, B2, or a combination of B1 and B2. A B1 visa is intended for business purposes, and a B2 visa is for tourism or leisure purposes.
Holders of valid B1, B2, or B1/B2 visas should complete the online EVUS registration and update their basic personal information before they travel to the United States. An approved EVUS registration is valid for a two-year period or until the holder’s passport expires, whichever occurs first.
Please note that registering with the EVUS system online is very different from applying for a US visa with a DS-160 form. To be able to apply for EVUS, the traveler should already have a valid visitor visa.
Since EVUS was officially launched in November of 2016, all individuals with a People’s Republic of China passport and holders of a 10-year visitor visa B1 or B2 should register online with the EVUS system before traveling to the United States.
All eligible citizens who wish to visit the United States for business, tourism, or transit should register with EVUS before their trip. Travelers using other travel documents, including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, may continue to travel to the U.S. as they currently do. Citizens from Taiwan traveling with a passport issued by Taiwan may apply for the ESTA Visa Waiver.
Applicants are advised to register with EVUS at least 72 hours before their departure for the United States. Once EVUS has been approved, it is valid for a two year period and can be used to enter the US on multiple trips or until the passport or visa expires, whichever occurs first. If the passport expires, the traveler should renew the passport and register to obtain a new EVUS. Travelers can always check the status of their EVUS and its validity period.
When the EVUS reaches its expiration date, the traveler should register again with the EVUS system and should update their details on a new EVUS registration form. Travelers should bear in mind that if a visa expires, the visa should be renewed before enrolling with the EVUS system again.
The EVUS should be valid upon arrival in the United States. If EVUS expires while the holder is in the United States, they should not have any issues leaving the US and returning home. It is important that EVUS is valid when arriving in the US.