Before traveling to the United States, there are a number of steps that all foreign citizens should take to ensure a smooth trip and guarantee entry to the country. As the majority of nationalities require a visa in order to stay in the US, it is first necessary to check if you need to apply for a visa or travel authorization to enter the United States. Citizens of China are required to obtain EVUS travel authorization which grants permission to board an aircraft bound for the United States.
However, before submitting an EVUS application, Chinese citizens are first required to obtain a US B1/B2 tourist visa, which involves applying in person from a US Embassy or Consulate. Read on to learn about the steps you should take to ensure you can successfully enter the United States.
All Chinese citizens require a visa in order to stay in the United States, as well as an EVUS (Electronic Visa Update System) travel authorization, which grants permission to travel to the United States.
The type of US visa normally granted to Chinese citizens is a Tourist visa, which can either be a B1 (for business purposes), B2 (for purposes of tourism or medical treatment), or a combination B1/B2 visa (for both business and tourism purposes).
The US tourist visa for Chinese citizens can be granted with a period of validity between one and ten years, depending on the needs of the traveler and the decision of the US authorities. It can be used multiple times during its validity, as long as the total number of days spent in the US does not exceed 180 days within a period of a year.
Although the standard length for each stay with the B1/B2 visa is 6 months, it is possible to extend the stay to up to a year if the traveler is originally issued a visa with a six-month maximum duration.
As a Chinese citizen, it is necessary to first obtain your B1/B2 tourist visa from an embassy or consulate and later get your EVUS authorization.
Travelers are advised to start planning their trip and initiate the visa application process far in advance of the intended date of arrival in the United States, as it can take up to 6 months.
In order to obtain a B1/B2 tourist visa, it is first necessary to complete and submit a DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application online, and upload a digital image of the applicant.
It is then necessary to make an appointment at your nearest US embassy or consulate. Be aware that US Embassies are closed on both U.S. holidays and local holidays in the country in which they are based.
When attending a visa interview at an embassy or consulate, there will be several steps, including the collection of documents, the taking of biometric details such as fingerprints, and the interview itself.
Applicants are recommended to bring some of the following supporting documents to prove ties to their home country and convince the interviewer they are not a US overstay risk:
During the interview process, applicants should keep answers direct and to-the-point and answer as truthfully and clearly as possible. It is important to tell the interviewing consul if you don’t understand a question, want it to be rephrased in a different way, or need an interpreter.
The consul will normally inform you of their decision at the end of the interview. If they choose not to approve your visa, you will be issued a letter explaining why, and whether any further supporting documentation may be needed in order for the visa to be approved. If the visa has been approved, the interviewing consul will help you arrange the delivery of the visa.
Even though a Chinese citizen holds a valid U.S. visa, this is not a guarantee of entry into the United States. Chinese holders of a valid B1/B2 visa are also obliged to obtain an EVUS authorization in order to travel to the US. Currently, Chinese citizens are the only nationality required to apply for EVUS authorization, although the number of EVUS countries is expected to be expanded in the future.
In order to submit an EVUS form, it is necessary to have
Applicants are required to complete the EVUS application with personal and passport information and answer some answers related to security and health matters in order to complete the registration. It is essential to use the same passport to apply for the EVUS as that used to apply for the US tourist visa.
It is also necessary to provide the B1/B2 visa number of the applicant’s approved US tourist visa. This can be found marked in red on the bottom right of the visa document.
Applicants are advised to register with EVUS at least 72 hours before the intended date of arrival in the United States, to allow for sufficient processing and delivery time.
After receiving your approved EVUS authorization, it’s a good idea to read up on what to expect at the US border so you can adequately prepare for your trip. In addition to remembering to bring the correct passport and visa/EVUS documents, the following tips will help you successfully gain entry to the United States:
Chinese travelers who follow these tips should be able to successfully enter the United States with a B1/B2 visa and EVUS authorization. It’s also important to keep in mind that it is still possible to travel to the United States with a visa or EVUS that is about to expire, as long as the traveler enters the United States before the expiry date of the visa/EVUS.