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Visa RequirementsFor your convenience we provide a short summary of the United States (US) visa policy on this page assuming that you will visit the US for the purpose of attending HLT/NAACL 2007. Detailed official information can be found on www.travel.state.gov .
Every citizen of a foreign country wishing to visit the US temporarily will need:
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program you can travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
Currently 27 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
Passport Requirements under VWPIf you are a VWP traveler, you must present a machine-readable passport (MRP). Previous one-time exemptions for first-time VWP travelers without MRPs ended on June 26, 2005. In addition, depending on when VWP travelers' passport were issued, other passport requirements apply:
Immigration Procedure under VWPIf you travel under the VWP program, you will get an I-94W Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival-Departure Record (green form) which is freely provided by travel agencies or airlines prior to arrival. You will have to fill in the form, sign it, and present this to the US officials at the port of entry.
You will also be asked to provide evidence of onward travel or other documentation on the purpose of your stay in the US. So, please have the information about your hotel name or address of stay available.
At the port of entry the US officials will take your fingerprints, take a photo, and will enrolled you in the Department of Homeland Security
The port of entry is the airport where you enter the US, not the final destination. For example, if you travel from Frankfurt to Pittsburgh via Amsterdam and Detroit, Michigan, the port of entry is Detroit, Michigan. Depending on airport and/or traffic volume the immigration procedure may take 20 to 90 minutes, so we recommend that you plan for ample time between your connections.
Visa Application - No VWPIf your country does NOT participate in the Visa Waiver Program or if your country does participate but your passport does not meet the requirements, you must apply for a Temporary Visitor Visa. Apply for your Visa well in advance of your travel!
Important steps to remember:
Here is the Visa Service Page for Foreigners Traveling to the US.
Here you find a comprehensive step-by-step document on how to optain a visa. Optain a visa
You will most certainly apply for a B1 visa and you may request an
Invitation Letter from the Program Committee of HLT/NAACL to
support your application.