Beginning in November 2016, Chinese travelers will need to go online and update their information in order to be admitted into the US, according to a notice from the US Customs and Border Protection.
All Chinese nationals holding valid 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 visas who travel to the US will be required to complete an Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) enrollment with a nominal fee starting from November.
EVUS is the online system used by nationals of China holding a valid 10-year B1/B2, B1 or B2 (visitor) visa periodically to update basic biographic information, such as employment and passport information, to facilitate their travel to the United States, the US authorities said.
The move came after the two countries launched a reciprocal visa policy which extends the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to citizens of each country to 10 years in 2014.
The number of Chinese nationals applying for American visa kept increasing since the new visa policy.
Statistics show that 1.8 million Chinese people traveled to the US in 2013, with each visitor spending an average 5,400 US dollars in one trip. The number is expected to reach 2 million people in 2014, said GoUSA.
The online form will be available in both English and Mandarin Chinese. However, all 10-year visa holders must answer the EVUS questions in English.
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 US again.
The U.S. Government expects that this new requirement may be applied to additional countries in the future.