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Chinese Passport Holders Who Have A 10-year B-1/B-2 Visa Must Have Valid EVUS Enrollment Beginning Nov. 29, 2016 To Enter The United States

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that, beginning Nov. 29, 2016, all Chinese passport holders who carry a 10-year visa B-1 (business visitor) and/or B-2 (tourist visa) must have a valid Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment when traveling to the United States.  Chinese passport holders who currently hold a 10-year B-1/B-2 visa will not be allowed to travel to the United States unless they have a valid EVUS enrollment.  For Chinese passport holders who have multiple flights to reach the United States, EVUS enrollment will be verified upon their check-in for the first flight.  The cost to enroll in EVUS is $8 USD.  EVUS enrollment is valid for two years or until the Chinese traveler obtains a new passport or visa, whichever is earlier.

Our team previously discussed EVUS in February 2016.  For additional background, EVUS is a secure online system for nationals of China using a 10-year business or tourism visitor visa to enter the United States.  Enrollment in EVUS is a new requirement that is part of a relatively recent agreement between China and the United States to issue visitor visas with a 10-year validity based on a reciprocal basis. According to CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, EVUS is intended to “enhance both national security and the longevity of the joint agreement with China to issue 10-year visas.”  Additional background information about EVUS can be found on the CBP’s website.  It is expected that additional countries will have a similar requirement in the future, although CBP has not listed any additional countries at this time. 

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Cole Heyer, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration Law Attorney

Cole F. Heyer’s practice focuses on a full range of business immigration matters, including representing domestic and multinational employers before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. Cole has extensive experience representing and advising employers in all areas of business immigration, including temporary employment visas (H-1B, H-3, L-1A/B, O-1, TN, E-3), labor certifications, permanent residency, and outbound visas.

Cole also assists multinational companies in the area...