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If you’re a Chinese national with a 10-year B1/B2 visa for the US, you’ll need to register with EVUS before travelling. With so much to think about when planning a trip, it can be easy to forget that DS-160 form is just the first step to getting access to the US. You’ll then need to schedule an interview at your nearest US embassy or consulate before being granted your B1/B2 US visa.

Even now that you have a valid visa there is still one essential stage left in the process, registering with EVUS.

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The Electronic Visa Update System checks Chinese passport holders’ right to travel before they board a plane bound for the US. If you fail to register with EVUS you won’t be able to enter the States.

How long does it take to register with EVUS?

The EVUS registration form can be completed in just a few minutes provided you have your passport and visa to hand. You need to provide some personal information, passport details, and US visa information including the type of visa and visa number.

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Whilst most requests receive an immediate response, some may take up to 72 hours to process. This means that, although it is possible to register with EVUS from the airport, you are not guaranteed to be granted permission to enter the US in time for your flight. If you arrive at your port or airport without having enrolled with EVUS you won’t be able to cross the border.

For this reason, travellers are strongly advised to apply in advance, at least 24 hours, and preferably 3 days before departure. Although you can complete the process from a smartphone at the airport, this should only be a last resort if you forget to do so beforehand.

Can an EVUS application be denied?

Another reason why it’s not advisable to leave it until the last minute is that the EVUS enrolment could be unsuccessful.

Although this is not likely to happen, administrative errors or failure to provide the correct details do occasionally prevent the EVUS from being registered correctly. Should this occur, it’s best to wait 24 hours before reapplying.

If you’re already at the airport with a flight to catch, you’ll have to try again straight away and may get the same result, you cannot enter the US until the EVUS enrolment has been successfully completed.

I’ve enrolled with EVUS before, do I need to register again?

Another reason why some people get to the airport without having enrolled with EVUS is due to the fact that they’ve registered for a previous trip and therefore believe they don’t need to do so again.

This may be the case, but only if you have enrolled within the last 2 years. An EVUS registration is valid for 24 months, if it’s longer than that since you last visited the United States, it’s essential that you reapply.

In addition, the visa and passport you’re travelling with must be those you used to enrol with EVUS previously. Even if it’s less than 2 years since you last registered, if either the visa or passport has expired during this time you’ll need to sign up for EVUS again.

How can I check the status of my EVUS?

Not sure whether your EVUS registration remains valid? Don’t risk leaving it until you get to the airport to find out. You can check the status of your EVUS online using the EVUS enrolment number you were issued with when you signed up.

If your EVUS is no longer valid, it’s a good idea to enrol again straight away to avoid any disruptions to your travel plans.

Can I register with EVUS from a mobile phone or tablet?

If you have forgotten to complete the EVUS enrolment in advance you’ll have to apply from the airport. Fortunately, the EVUS platform is mobile-friendly and can be used on a smartphone or other mobile device such as a tablet.

You’ll need to be connected to the internet, if using WiFi be sure to use a trustworthy network only.

The process is the same as when registering from a laptop or PC, you’ll need your passport and visa details to hand to complete the registration form.

If you’re applying in a hurry from a handheld device, take extra care when filling in the details. You’ll have to complete the EVUS enrolment process again should you make any mistakes at this point.

Do children need EVUS to travel to the US?

All passport holders from The People’s Republic of China traveling to the US with a 10-year B1/B2 visa need to enrol with EVUS. There are no age exceptions, children also need to be registered.

So if you’re travelling with kids, don’t forget that you’ll need to register on their behalf. Many people arrive at the airport without having completed the EVUS process for their little ones, thinking it’s only required by those of legal age when in fact every member of the family needs to be registered.

If this does happen, parents and guardians can enrol their children from the airport, in most cases a response will be received in a few minutes. When possible, however, apply for EVUS for your children at least 72 hours in advance.

It can be easy to forget that the DS-160 form is just the first step.

 

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Climate Action: EU-China joint press communiqué on the fight against climate change ahead of COP26

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Following their second high-level environment and climate dialogue on 27 September 2021, Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China Han Zheng reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement and a successful outcome of the COP26 in Glasgow. In a joint press release, they stressed the urgency to act immediately, notably in the light of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They also confirmed that that the high-level environment and climate dialogue will continue to be a key platform between the EU and China to enhance actions and bilateral cooperation on environment and in the fight against climate change. During their last meeting, they discussed various aspects of the global climate and biodiversity crises, with a focus on the forthcoming UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow and on COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming. More details on the discussion are available here

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The Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday (11 October) that China has lodged stern representations with Australia over "inappropriate" comments by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about Taiwan, write Yew Lun Tian and Ryan Woo, Reuters.

Abbott last week visited Taiwan, which is claimed by China, in a personal capacity, met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, and told a security forum that China may lash out with its economy slowing and finances "creaking". Read more.

"The relevant words and actions by the Australian politician go against the One China Principle and send a seriously wrong signal," Zhao Lijian, a spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry, told a regular media briefing. "China is firmly opposed to this. We have made stern representations to Australia."

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Corruption in China’s chamber of justice

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The CCP’s former justice minister Fu Zhenghua is now under probe for serious disciplinary violations - he had previously launched a politically motivated prosecution against prominent dissident Guo Wengui AKA Miles Kwok, writes Louis Auge.

In recent days the Chinese Communist Party has signalled its intention to pursue its anti-corruption efforts even amidst the higher echelons of the ruling party’s legal and judicial spheres. The campaign, launched by President Xi Jinping in 2018 with the slogan "Saohei chu'e," meaning "sweep away black and eliminate evil", has targeted a staggering number of purportedly corrupt state actors over the course of the past three years.

China's legislature has hailed the campaign as a huge success – having exposed almost 40,000 alleged criminal cells and corrupt companies, and more than 50,000 Communist Party and government officials having been punished for allegedly abetting them, according to official statistics. And Beijing is showing no signs of slowing down its pursuit of individuals they perceive to have fallen foul of the system – even at the top.

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In what is being perceived as the latest show of China's iron fist against corruption in the political and legal system, over the weekend it was announced that Fu Zhenghua, the deputy director of the social and legal affairs committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) - China's top political advisory body - is under disciplinary and supervisory investigation for suspected violations of CCP protocol.

Before taking up his post at the CPPCC, Mr. Fu had served as justice minister and deputy police chief for the Beijing municipal police department, where he was praised by the CCP hierarchy for cracking down on the city's sex industry, earning himself a promotion to executive vice minister for public security.

He was also known for cracking down on prominent and successful families. In 2014, Mr. Fu a conducted what many critics perceived to be politically motivated prosecution against Guo Wengui AKA Miles Kwok, a high profile CCP dissident now living in exile in the United States. Mr. Kwok subsequently revealed that Mr. Fu had ordered an investigation into the family finances of Wang Qishan, the country’s current Vice President, causing rumours to swirl about Mr. Fu’s political future.

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The allegations against him failed to stick however – with Mr. Fu going on to be promoted to the position of Minister of Justice – but his path up the CCP power ranks now appears to have run out of road. He is not the only high ranking official to feel the wrath of Beijing recently. News of the investigation came just days after the CCP announced it was expelling former vice minister of public security Sun Lijun, having accusing him of "forming cliques and cabals to take over a key department," and of keeping a private collection of confidential documents.

Regarding Mr. Fu, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) - the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog - announced simply that he is under investigation for "serious violations of party discipline and law." The one-sentence statement did not offer any further details into the indictment.

According to CNN, the announcement was welcomed by a wide range of figures online, from rank-and-file police officers and prison guards to investigative journalists, human rights lawyers and intellectuals. No doubt outspoken CCP critics such as Mr. Kwok will also have felt vindicated by the development, to say the least.

In recent months President Xi has stepped up his party’s clamp down on rising political stars and overly powerful officials. However what is unusual about the fate of Mr. Fu's is how loudly and widely – in other words, unanimously – it is being celebrated, both by people working for the regime, and by those who have been subject to its repression.

Following news of his downfall, several veteran investigative journalists said on social media they had been targeted by Mr. Fu for their hard-hitting reports, on topics ranging from illegal detention of petitioners to local government corruption.

"The targets of Fu Zhenghua's crackdown are people at the core of China's civil society. Therefore, the country's whole intellectual sector and the wider public are all thrilled by (his fall from grace)," said Wu Qiang, a political analyst in Beijing. "His rise to power represented the aggressive iron-fist approach that has shaped China's governance over the past decade."

Mr. Fu's aggressive approach was also applied to police officers and prison guards, many of whom have been celebrating his downfall on social media. Comments make reference to Mr. Fu’s imposition of draconian working conditions for entry-level officers, such as not allowing prison guards to take breaks during night shifts.

Some analysts have suggested that this series of recent purges demonstrate declining trust from the Chinese leadership in the country's domestic security agencies. In the words of Wu Qiang, “It is very difficult for Beijing to have political trust. This is the biggest crisis in its governance". For critics such as Miles Kwok, it is also a sign of that the fractures within the centre of the ruling party are beginning to widen. Whether it is chasm that can be bridged is anyone’s guess.

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