This GMS Flash Alert reports on new administrative procedures for Chinese passport holders with a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 U.S. visa.
Beginning in November 2016, anyone traveling on a People’s Republic of China (PRC) passport with a 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visa will be required to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS).1
This development will add some administrative burden on these individuals given the requirement to enroll in the system and the obligation to periodically update their personal details in the system.
Enrollment for all applicants will remain valid for two years or until the traveler’s visa or passport expire, whichever comes first.
The visa holders will then have to update their information before traveling to the U.S. again.
In November 2014, the U.S. and PRC governments entered into an arrangement on a reciprocal basis to issue visitor visas with 10-year validity. The arrangement recognized that travelers would be required to periodically complete an online form updating their biographical information.
In this vein, EVUS was developed to allow travelers to provide the most current information – including name, passportnumber, address, and employment – to immigration officials before traveling to the United States. Completing this form will become mandatory starting November 2016.
EVUS is the online system that will be used by all PRC nationals holding a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 (visitor) visa to periodically update basic biographic information to facilitate their travel to the United States. In addition to a valid visa, such travelers will be required to complete an EVUS enrollment to be admitted into the United States. Beginning in November 2016, it will become mandatory for Chinese travelers to go online and update their information in order to comply with EVUS requirements.
Travelers who are citizens of Taiwan (Republic of China), Hong Kong, and Macau traveling on a PRC passport with a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or B2 visa will be required to enroll in EVUS. Travelers using other travel documents, including Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan passports, may continue to travel to the U.S. as they currently do and follow existing procedures.
1 For further information, visit this U.S. Customs & Border Protection Web page.
For assistance with immigration-related matters pertaining to the United States, please contact your local qualified immigration counsel*, or the following immigration professional with the KPMG International member firm in Canada:
Charlene Quincey, U.S. Immigration practice leader, KPMG Law, Canada
Tel. +1-416-943-0288 x266
* KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services. Please note, however, that KPMG LLP Law in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
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