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United States visa regulations state that the majority of foreign citizens must either have an approved travel authorization or a US visa to travel to the country. There are two types of electronic travel authorization for the United States available through a simple online application. The criteria to decide which type of eVisa is needed to visit the United States is the nationality of the traveler’s passport

US ESTA Travel Authorization
EVUS Electronic Travel Authorization

The ESTA is an electronic travel authorization required for all visa-exempt nationalities included in the US visa waiver program, who are traveling to the USA by air or sea. EVUS stands for Electronic Visa Update System. At the moment, it is only mandatory for Chinese passport holders with an approved B1/B2 US visa to enroll with this online system before traveling to the United States.

US ESTA Travel Authorization

The US ESTA visa waiver is a mandatory requirement for all travelers from visa-exempt nationalities to visit the United States of America, Puerto Rico, or US Virgin Islands for stays up to 90 days.

ESTA stands for Electronic Travel Authorization. This online application system was introduced by the US government in 2009 to facilitate the process of applying for a US visa waiver for purposes of tourism, business, or to transit through the country to another destination.

ESTA for the United States is available to citizens of 39 nationalities in the US visa waiver program through a simple online form which only takes minutes to complete, to receive an approved ESTA linked to the traveler’s passport.

An approved ESTA is multiple entry, which means the holder can travel to the United States multiple times during its period of validity (2 years from the date of issue, or until the current passport expires). It is also important that the approved ESTA application has up-to-date personal information.

Holders of an ESTA may stay in the USA for up to 90 days with each approved entry to the country. ESTA is not required if entering the US by land, or by local ferries from Canada, only by air.

Visa-exempt individuals who wish to travel to the USA for longer than 3 consecutive months at a time, or for purposes other than business or tourism, will be required to apply for one of the different types of visa for the United States.

This may be a work visa, student visa, or another visa type depending on the purpose of the stay. All of these US visa options must be applied for by making an appointment at a US embassy, consulate, or other US diplomatic government office.

Find below a list of all the nationalities required to apply for a US ESTA.

EVUS Electronic Travel Authorization

In November 2016, the US government introduced the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS), an electronic travel authorization program for Chinese citizens which determines who may enter the country.

However, People’s Republic of China passport holders also need a visa for the United States in addition to obtaining an EVUS authorization.

Chinese passport holders already in possession of one of the valid 10-year US visa types are eligible to enroll for EVUS: B1 (temporary business visitor), B2 (temporary leisure visitor) or the multi-purpose B1/B2 (temporary business and leisure visitor).

To register for EVUS, Chinese nationals are required to fill in a simple online application. To complete the form, applicants must supply basic personal and passport information, and answer a few questions related to security.

Once the EVUS enrollment is complete, the applicant receives an approved US EVUS authorization electronically linked to their passport.

An approved EVUS registration is valid for 2 years from the date of issue and is a multiple entry travel authorization, which means the holder can enter the United States various times during its validity.

Although the majority of EVUS enrollments are quickly processed within a few minutes, applicants are advised to register online well in advance of the intended date of arrival in the US, as processing may take up to 72 hours in some cases.

It is important to note that all Chinese visitors to the United States with a valid 10-year B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa must have a valid approved EVUS or they will not be able to obtain a boarding pass or cross a US land border.

It is necessary to apply for and obtain an approved visa for the USA from an embassy or consulate before a Chinese citizen can complete the EVUS application. However, Chinese travelers with a US visa other than the B-class type do not need to apply for EVUS.

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