Electronic Visa Update for Enrollment Begins for Chinese Passport Holders (November 25, 2016)

Electronic Visa Update for Enrollment Begins for Chinese Passport Holders

November 25, 2016

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Starting November 29, 2016, People’s Republic of China (PRC) passport holders traveling to the United States on maximum validity (10-year) B visas must possess a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment.

In November 2014, as part of the reciprocal arrangement to extend visa validity for tourists and business travelers to 10 years and multiple entries, the governments of the U.S. and PRC mutually recognized that the U.S. would require PRC citizens to periodically and electronically update biographical information submitted in their original visa applications.  To implement this aspect of the agreement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched EVUS.

All visa holders with an unrestricted, maximum validity B1, B2, or combination B1/B2 visa contained within a passport issued by the PRC must have a valid EVUS enrollment to travel to the U.S.

The mandatory enrollment date is November 29.  This means that travelers must have a valid EVUS enrollment to board a plane or vessel scheduled to depart for the U.S. at any time after 12:01 a.m. local time at the point of embarkation on November 29, or to enter at a U.S. land or sea port as of 12:01 a.m. local time at the point of crossing.

CBP operates two EVUS websites and a call center, which are the first points of contact for applicants who have questions about how to fill out the application or issues with the EVUS site. www.CBP.gov/EVUS provides information on the EVUS program and www.EVUS.gov provides the EVUS enrollment form.

The call center accepts calls 24/7, with the exception of U.S. federal holidays.  The call center can be reached by phone at +1-202-325-0180 and by e-mail at evus@cbp.dhs.gov.