CBP announces Electronic Visa Update System details

News Release from Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC From November 29, 2016, all People’s Republic of China (PRC) passport holders carrying a 10-year visa will be required to have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States.

EVUS is the online system used by nationals of the PRC holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 visa. Visitors update their basic biographic information on EVUS to facilitate their travel to the United States.

U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) recommends that travelers enroll in EVUS as early as possible, or at least 72 hours before they are scheduled to leave for the United States. The fee to enroll is $8, and enrollments are valid for two years or until the traveler obtains a new passport or visa, whichever comes first.

If PRC travelers do not update their information at least every two years, or upon obtaining a new passports after EVUS becomes effective, they will not be able to use their 10-year visas. For more information, see the full announcement on the CBP website.

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