With safety protocols being elevated in countries around the globe, it can be hard to keep up with new laws, regulations, and visa requirements in every region.
The EVUS (or Electronic Visa Update System) is a travel protocol implemented by the United States to keep updated on who is entering and leaving the US while alleviating long security processes.
If you’ll be traveling between the United States and China, here’s all the information on the Electronic Visa Update System you should know.
What is EVUS?
The Electronic Visa Update System is an online enrollment system used by Chinese nationals to update travel information before heading to the United States.
The online system determines if the traveler is eligible for travel and is an additional requirement that needs to be obtained on top of a valid visitor’s visa before arrival to the US.
Who Qualifies for EVUS?
The Electronic Visa Update System is mandatory for those traveling to the US with a 10-year B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa for both business and leisure.
This system won’t take the place of the current B1 and B2 visas, and both will be required to enter the United States. If a visa falls under any other category, the EVUS won’t be needed.
If the traveler’s EVUS enrollment is successful it will be valid for two years. It will expire if your visa expires or six months before the traveler’s passport expires. Visitors will also have the option of multiple trips to the United States during the valid period.
The EVUS Application Process
Applying for the Electronic Visa Update System takes approximately 20 minutes through the online portal, though it can take up to 72 hours in rare cases. Of course, since the application process is done online, travelers will need to have access to the internet to apply.
EVUS applicants will be required to answer a number of eligibility questions and fill out basic information that includes the traveler’s name, birthdate, and address.
During the early stages of the EVUS application process, travelers will be able to apply free of charge; afterwards, a small fee will be implemented. Travelers can also apply as a group, while relatives, friends and other qualified third parties are welcome to apply on the applicant’s behalf.
Obtaining a Successful EVUS
All successful applications will be verified electronically, and no physical paperwork will be required. In order to be notified of a successful EVUS application, applicants will need to check their existing enrollment status on the EVUS page.
If an EVUS application has been deemed unsuccessful the US Customs and Border Protection asks that you contact the EVUS call center before re-applying. Most applications are accepted since this system is in place for informational updates. That being said, all errors made will have to be corrected through a new EVUS application.
How to Renew a Successful EVUS Application
Successful EVUS applications are valid for two years or until the expiry of a visa or passport. Afterward, applicants will be required to renew their EVUS applications online. The process of renewal is the same as the first application process with most renewals being accepted.