The Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) is a form of travel authorization which the US authorities introduced in November 2016. At the moment, only citizens with passports from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are required to obtain an EVUS registration before traveling to the US.
Citizens with passports issued by Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau do not need to register with EVUS. However, if someone is living in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau, but has a Chinese (PRC) passport, then it is necessary to enroll. The application is simple and it only takes a matter of minutes.
Citizens of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau need to apply for a B1/B2 visa regardless before heading to the States. Those with PRC passports need to enroll with EVUS in addition to this.
Applicants must enter personal information such as your name, address, and date of birth as well as information about their employment history. You also need to provide the details of your B1/B2 visa and your passport.
The EVUS application is straightforward and quick to complete. It should take no longer than 20 minutes to process, though in rare cases it may take more time. Travelers should apply for EVUS online at least 72 hours before traveling to the US to allow for potential delays. It is important to be as accurate as possible when entering information, as any incomplete or incorrect information could lead to the application being rejected.
An EVUS visa is valid for a period of two years. However the EVUS is attached to the holder’s passport and their B1/B2 visa, if either of these expire, the EVUS visa does too.
In this case, it necessary to apply for a new EVUS visa by completing another online application.
The EVUS visa allows for multiple entries into the US. The maximum permitted length of each stay depends upon the duration stated on the B1/B2 visa which is normally a maximum of 90 days per trip.
Citizens of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau a B1/B2 visa (or combination B1/B2 visa) to travel to the US. These visas are temporary nonimmigrant visas which are designed for different purposes.
Applicants need to firstly complete a Form DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application). It may also be necessary to attend an interview at a US embassy or consulate.
Citizens with a Chinese passport need to an EVUS visa in addition to the B1/B2 visa. To apply for EVUS it is necessary to have a PRC passport and a valid B1/B2 visa.