Visas and Travel Documents

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

We are very excited to welcome our international visitors to the IVR 2015 Conference. However, depending on your point of origin, there are some travel documents that you may need to obtain before planning your trip.

The U.S. Department of State website http://travel.state.gov/ is a valuable resource for obtaining the proper documentation. A portion of the information from that site has been reproduced here for your convenience. Please ensure that you have the proper documentation when making your travel plans so that you do not experience difficulties or delays in your arrival.

Most Canadian citizens and many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can come to the United States (U.S.) without a visa if they meet certain requirements. All Visa Waiver Program travelers must present a machine-readable passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa; otherwise a U.S. visa is required. See important information about additional digital photograph and e-passport requirements for VWP travelers. Other foreign citizens will need a nonimmigrant visa.

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. The visa, placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.

The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please see our Visa Types for Temporary Visitors webpage. The Consular Officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.

Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!

Important steps to remember:

  1. Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.
  2. Review the Visa Wait Times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available on our website. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions.
  3. Plan on an interview, as well as quick inkless fingerprint scans at the U.S. embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Applicants are advised when they apply.

For complete information regarding obtaining a visa or additional travel document visit: http://travel.state.gov/.

 

If you require a letter from the Secretariat confirming your participation in the IVR World Congress, please email your request to secretariat@ivr2015.org. Please make sure to include your registration confirmation number and any specific requirements that the letter should contain.