In anticipation of the November 29th enrollment mandate for Chinese “B” visa holders, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched their Electronic Visa Update System (eVUS.) Chinese passport holders with 10-year B-1 and/or B-2 visas for business and/or personal travel to the U.S. must also have a valid eVUS enrollment to travel to the U.S. on or after November 29, 2016.
The eVUS requirement applies to travelers with People’s Republic of China passports who wish to travel to the U.S. based upon 10-year B-1 (business visitor) or B-2 (visitor for pleasure) visas. Individuals in this category will be denied boarding to the U.S., absent valid eVUS registration. A failure to enroll in eVUS by November 29, 2016 does NOT invalidate an existing 10-year B-1 or B-2 visa. But, in order to utilize the visa for travel on or after November 29th, registration is necessary. More information and background on the eVUS requirement is contained in our September 30, 2016 advisory, Chinese Business and Tourist Travelers Must Enroll in Visa System Beginning November 29.