If you need to apply for a temporary non-immigrant visa to attend the 2014 Rare Earth Research Conference, you are advised to apply for your visa as soon as possible and no later than 3-4 months in advance of your planned departure. If your country is on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, you should start the application process at least 6 months in advance of the meeting. Visa Application Guidelines: As part of new security procedures, visa applications are being sent to the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC, to be thoroughly reviewed and this process can take several months before the consulate in your home country will schedule your interview. Check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out how early you should apply and how long the typical wait time is for a visa application within your home country at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.
ACS provides several documents that will verify your participation in the 2014 Rare Earth Research Conference. Please note that the Society cannot intervene with either the U.S. Embassy abroad or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any participant.
Official Letter of Invitation for Meeting Attendees: ACS offers an official letter of invitation to the 2014 Rare Earth Research Conference. To request a letter of invitation, contact V_Beatty@acs.org. You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of the conference. We will not be able to generate personal letters of invitation to the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
Consulates/Embassies: The listing of embassies and consulates information can be found at http://usembassy.state.gov/.