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Visa Related Information for Foreign Travelers

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Main site: International Visitors Office site: http://www.nationalacademies.org/visas.

A U.S. visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a United States port of entry and request admission into the U.S. from a U.S. Immigration Inspector. Since September 11, visa applications have been subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. The timeframes for visa processing today are difficult to predict with accuracy for any individual applicant and could vary significantly by country. Advance planning on the part of travelers is essential to receive a visa in time for their visit the United States.

If a visa is needed, foreign travelers should apply for his/her visa as soon as possible, but no later than 60 days before the travel date. If the conference is scientific in nature, or the applicant has a scientific background, the visa application should be made no later than 90 days in advance of the travel. Applicants should apply to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in his/her country of residence. However, some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. Visa wait times are available at: http://travel.his.com/visa/tempvisitors_wait.php

You might not need a visa if you are a citizen of any of the countries on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). However, since October 26, 2004, all citizens of VWP countries must now have a Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) in order to travel to the United States without a visa. If you do not have an MRP, you will need to apply for a visa. For further information on the Visa Waiver Program and for the list of countries see: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors_novisa_waiver.html. In addition, all foreign visitors (including Visa Waiver Program travelers as of September 30, 2004) will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the United States. Canadian citizens do not need a visa, but should visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tcn.html for more information.

Check with your airlines about any travel restrictions, time to check-in and/or luggage requirements.


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