U.S. Customs and Border Protection October 20, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Requirements: Identification of the People's Republic of China (PRC) as an EVUS Country and Designation of Maximum Validity B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 Visas as Designated Visa Categories
Document Number: 2016-25326
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-20
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
In this Federal Register, DHS is publishing a final rule titled ``Establishment of the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)'' (hereafter ``EVUS Final Rule''), amending 8 CFR part 215, subpart B, to establish the Electronic Visa Update System and to specify certain requirements. According to the rule, nonimmigrant aliens who hold a passport issued by an identified country containing a U.S. nonimmigrant visa of a designated category will be required to provide biographic and other information to DHS by enrolling in EVUS to maintain the validity of those visas. The EVUS final rule specifies that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may identify countries and designate nonimmigrant visa categories for purposes of the EVUS requirements and that notice of identified countries and designated nonimmigrant visa categories will be published in the Federal Register. Through this notice, the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Secretary of State, identifies the People's Republic of China (PRC) as an EVUS country and designates B-1, B-2, and B-1/B-2 visas issued without restriction for the maximum validity period, which is generally 10 years,\1\ as designated visa categories when the visas are contained in a passport issued by the PRC.