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Visa Information for Foreign Travelers

All nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries who plan to travel to the U.S. for temporary business or pleasure for 90 days or less will be required by law to obtain travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States. This authorization can be obtained online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a free Internet application administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland security.

For additional information about the ESTA please visit http://www.cbp.gov/esta.

Travelers from countries not in the VWP are required to obtain a Visa upon entry into the United States. Visa applications are currently subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Many applicants may be required to appear in person for an interview as a part of the visa process. Applicants affected by these procedures are informed of the need for additional screening at the time they submit their application and are being advised to expect delays. Therefore, conference participants are advised to apply for visa no later than 3 months prior to the conference.

If you need a visa, please contact Kathleen Lukazik AS SOON AS you submit your abstract (abstract submission deadline is February 15, 2011) along with duly filled visa assistance form to request an invitation letter.

Visa invitation letters will only be issued to:
  • People the Committee knows
  • Speakers/Presenters
  • Committee members
  • Attendees who have paid their registration fees in full and are not from one of the countries embargoed by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Additional information about visa can be found at http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html

     
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