EVUS is a new online visa update system created by the U.S. Custom and Border Protection that entered into force November 2016 for checking the admissibility to the United States for citizens of the People’s Republic of China, holding a 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visa. This also includes anyone from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan traveling on People’s Republic of China passport. All holders of these Visa categories are required to complete the online EVUS visa application and update their basic biographical information before traveling to the United States for temporary business plans or tourism.
EVUS enrollment is valid for two consecutive years of which a traveller may have multiple trips to the United States until the expiry of the visa or passport whichever comes first.
EVUS Data that Requires Update
To Check the status of EVUS Visa, the prospected traveller must have an enrollment number. This is a unique number that is generated by a successful EVUS enrollment process. In case an applicants’ lose their enrollment number, this may be retrieved through the provision of personal information; full names, passport, and visa numbers.
The EVUS enrollment online system allows updates of the following data elements without re-enrollment; primary and secondary email addresses, home, cell and work place phone numbers, home address, U.S. point of contact, emergency contacts, the current employer’s contacts and address while in the U.S.
Validity of an EVUS enrollment
The following information should be provided to check the validity of an EVUS enrollment;
- Surname and Family Names
- Enrollment number
- Passport number
- B1, B2or B1/B2 Visa number
Some situations may call for a re-enrollment if the following incidences occur while the EVUS visa is still valid;
- When the traveller obtains a new passport
- If the applicant gets a new 10-year B1 or B2 visa
- When there are significant changes in candidates name(s), gender, country of citizenship, nationality including dual nationality status
- If the circumstances underlying the previous responses to admissibility questions have changed that may include; visa denial, conviction of a criminal offense, unlawful presence in the U.S. or immigration-related misrepresentation
The CPB may annul the enrollment upon discovering “diametrically oppose errors” in the applicant’s enrollment or for other unspecified reasons upon which the visa will stand “provisionally revoked.”
The EVUS website is bilingual, available both in English and Chinese. However, EVUS questions must be answered in English only except on some special occasions which are expressly required to be submitted in applicant’s native language.
How CBP uses EVUS Data
Any information and data provided through EVUS enrollment, re-enrollment or updating is vetted by the CBP against selected security and law enforcement databases. This EVUS data is also counter- checked against lost, stolen passport records through Interpol and reviewed by CBP officers at the designated ports of entry upon arrival as a safety measures.