The information below is intended to assist conference attendees with their travel arrangements. Each individual traveling to the AIB-SE 2015 Annual Conference is responsible for researching all requirements necessary for entry to the United States specific to his or her case. The AIB-SE has no influence on an individual’s application to a U.S. Embassy or other agency for a visa to travel to the United States. The AIB-SE is also not responsible for the outcome of an individual’s visa application.
GENERALLY, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. The visa allows a foreign citizen, to travel to the United States port-of entry and request permission of the U.S. immigration inspector to enter the U.S. For more information click here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1265.html
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
Travelers coming to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to visit the U.S. without a visa if they meet the visa waiver program requirements.
QUALIFYING FOR A VISITOR VISA
There are specific requirements which must be met by applicants to qualify for a visitor visa under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The consular officer at the embassy or consulate will determine whether you qualify for the visa. Click HERE for more information.
APPLYING FOR A VISITOR VISA
Applicants for visitor visas should generally apply the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although visa applicants may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside the country of permanent residence. Visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of review than in the past so it is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel departure date. Click on the APPLYING FOR A VISITOR VISA heading for more information. Click HERE for more information.
No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued. Click HERE for additional information.
ENTERING THE U.S. – PORT OF ENTRY
A visa allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad, to travel to the United States port-of entry and request permission to enter the U.S. Applicants should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. Click HERE for more information.
EMBASSIES & CONSULATES
To view a list of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions internationally, please visit the following website:http://www.usembassy.gov/
OBTAIN A AIB-SE CONFERENCE VISA LETTER
To obtain a letter to assist you in applying for a visa, please contact the 2015 AIB-SE Academic Program Chair – Susan Gupta, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please specify “VISA LETTER REQUEST”. You MUST either be registered to attend the AIB-SE Conference, or be scheduled on the Program as a participant in order to access this letter.