academic visitors to the United States
(conference and meeting participants, students, visiting scholars)
The United States of America has recently changed a
number of requirements for visiting the country for academic purposes.
Among the changes are stricter and more time-consuming procedures
to obtain visas, and a requirement to carry machine-readable passports
for visa waiver programs. Please refer to the links below for comprehensive
International travel to meetings held in the U.S.
The U.S. State
Department requires citizens of many countries to obtain visas to
attend a scientific meeting. In addition, citizens
from visa waiver program (VWP) countries will require machine-readable
passports or visas after 1 October 2003.
The MARGINS Office urges anyone
intending to attend a meeting - not just MARGINS meetings - in the
U.S. to apply early. Visa applicants should apply at least
3 months in
Security-related policies have greatly increased the processing time
for visa applications. U.S. consular officers will now be interviewing
most applicants as part of the application process.
the procedures to follow to obtain a visa or a machine-readable passport.
This site includes suggested actions in the event of a
visa delay or denial: