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.
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.
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.
EU-China investment deal stalls
European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis confirms that progress on the investment deal with China has stalled following March sanctions.
The EU concluded what Dombrovskis describes as an “asymmetric deal” with China at the end of last year. Known as the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), it was presented on 30 December.
Today (5 May) he said: ”There are substantially more new commitments from China as regards market access, with regards to the level playing field and this is something that European companies have been asking us for for many years. So as regards the agreement itself, that technical work is ongoing to prepare the ground for ratification.”
At the time of the agreement Dombrovskis said: “This deal will give European businesses a major boost in one of the world's biggest and fastest-growing markets, helping them to operate and compete in China. It also anchors our values-based trade agenda with one of our largest trading partners. We have secured binding commitments on the environment, climate change and combatting forced labour. We will engage closely with China to ensure that all commitments are honoured fully.”
Wider political context
When asked about whether the deal had been suspended, Dombrovskis said that the position of the European Commission has not changed. He said that the “ratification process of comprehensive agreement on investment cannot be separated from the wider political context. I will repeat that the ratification process cannot be separated from evolving dynamics of the wider EU-China relationship. And in this context, Chinese sanctions targeting among others members of European Parliament and even an entire parliamentary subcommittee are unacceptable and regrettable, and prospects and next steps concerning ratification on comprehensive agreement of investment will depend on how the situation evolves.”
The Commission faced much criticism when the agreement was reached, by appearing to move ahead of the United States, before the new administration had taken office. It was felt by some that the EU should wait to see if there was the possibility of finding common cause with the new Biden team.
There were also accusations that the EU was ignoring China’s human rights record, particularly in relation to the treatment of the Uyghur muslim population in Xianjang province and the crackdown on the democracy protesters and the introduction of the national security law in Hong Kong.
G7 to discuss decisive action to counter threats like Russia and China
Britain on Tuesday (4 May) sought to agree decisive action from G7 partners to protect democracies against global threats like those posed by China and Russia.
Hosting the second day of a foreign ministers' meeting in London designed to lay the groundwork for a leaders' summit in June, Dominic Raab (pictured) will lead talks among the Group of Seven wealthy nations on threats to democracy, freedoms and human rights.
"The UK’s presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open, democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when it is much needed to tackle shared challenges and rising threats," Raab said in a statement.
In addition to the G7 members Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, Britain has also invited ministers from Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea this week.
Their first face-to-face meeting in two years is seen by Britain as a chance to reinforce support for the rules-based international system at a time when it says China's economic influence and Russian malign activity threaten to undermine it.
On Monday (3 May), having met with Raab, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there was a need to try to forge a global alliance of freedom loving countries, though stressed he did not want to hold China down, but make sure it played by the rules. Read more
Tuesday's discussion also covered the coup in Myanmar, urging stronger action against the military junta in the form of expanded sanctions, support for arms embargoes and more humanitarian assistance.
In the afternoon talks will turn to Russia, including how to respond to a troop manoeuvres on the border with Ukraine and the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Raab said on Sunday he wanted the G7 to consider a joint rebuttal unit to tackle Russian disinformation and propaganda. Read more
De-coupling from China would be the wrong way to go, Germany warns
The European Union needs to engage with China despite many differences instead of opting for a more isolationist approach, Germany said on Wednesday (21 April).
"In the EU, we have been describing China as a partner, competitor and systemic rival at the same time," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (pictured) said ahead of a virtual meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
"In all these three dimensions we need strong, sustainable communication channels with Beijing. De-coupling is the wrong way to go."
Berlin's warning against de-coupling is in line with Beijing's long-held position against disengagement among nations, including with China, despite mutual differences.
Last month, China was hit by a round of coordinated sanctions from the United States, European Union, Britain and Canada over reports of forced labour in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, accusations that Beijing rejects.
Ties between China and Germany have generally remained stable since last year, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said later in his meeting with Maas.
Wang also said major economies like China and Germany should jointly resist any de-coupling, and instead seek to uphold the stability of global industrial and supply chains, according to a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry.
At the same time, China does not approve of any re-drawing of ideological lines, and is even more opposed to engaging in “small cliques”, and even arbitrarily imposing unilateral sanctions based on false information, Wang said.
Last week, U.S. President Joe Biden met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office, where both leaders said they shared serious concerns about the human rights situation in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
In a show of economic cooperation to the exclusion of China, Biden said Japan and the United States would jointly invest in the tech sector including semiconductor supply chains.
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