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Chinese with 10-year US visa required to complete online info update every two years starting Nov.

CHINA passport holders carrying a 10-year US visa will be required to update their information through an Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) every two years starting from November, the US Customs and Border Protection announced today.

EVUS is a newly developed online system, which is expected to open to the public in mid-October. China passport owners holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 US visa will be required to log on to to enroll and provide information like name, birth date, emergency contact, passport information, biographical and employment information, etc.

A payment of US$8 will be charged for each enrollment. From November 29, those without a valid EVUS enrollment will not be able to travel to the US.

“EVUS is designed to enhance both national security and the longevity of the joint agreement with China to issue 10-year visas,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.

China and the US entered into a reciprocal agreement to issue visitor and business travel visas (B1/B2, B1 and B2) with 10-year validity in November, 2014. The agreement recognized that travelers would be required to periodically complete an online form updating their information.

Travelers of all ages are required to complete the enrollment, which usually takes 10 to 15 minutes including the online payment. A feedback would be sent within minutes, though the CBP recommends travelers enroll at least 72 hours before they are scheduled to leave for the US. Each enrollment is valid for two years or until the traveler obtains a new passport or visa.

Before November 29, travelers may continue to travel to the US without an enrollment.


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