Visa Requirements for Entry into the USA
The US has updated its visa policies to increase security, so it may take you 3 – 6 months to apply for and receive your visa. For details that apply specifically
to your country please go immediately to your nearest US Consulate or Embassy. Review your visa status now to determine if you need a US visa or visa renewal and
to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees, and other vital instructions. If you need a personal letter of invitation to attend the Meeting,
Please provide the following information: complete name, mailing address, and any other details that your country of residence requires for your visa application.
Only an original copy (not faxed or Email version) may be accepted with your visa application. The Meeting Organizers cannot contact or intervene with
any U.S. Embassy or Consulate office abroad on your behalf so please begin your visa application process as soon as you determine that you want to attend
the SoR Annual Meeting.
New Visa Waiver Program Travel
Beginning 12 January 2009, 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 the
Travelers from countries not in the VWP are still required to obtain a Visa prior to entry into the United States.
The International Visitors Office site, maintained by The National Academies, also provides guidance on obtaining the necessary documents.