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International Visitors Information

Applying for a Non-Immigrant VISA

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.

  • All applicants must be able to qualify for a visa on their own merits under the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • The conference organizers cannot intervene with the U.S. State Department or an American embassy in another country on behalf of any meeting participant.
  • Investigate whether your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program to bypass the visa process altogether. As of October 26, 2004, ALL citizens of the Visa Waiver Program are required to have Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) in order to travel to the United States without a visa. Without a MRP, you will be required to apply for a visa.
  • Beginning September 30, 2004, all foreign visitors (including Visa Waiver Program travelers) will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the U.S.

Official Documentation for Attendees and/or Presenters

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.

Registration Confirmation: Once you have registered for the conference, you can also take your registration confirmation paperwork to your visa interview.

Consulates/Embassies: The listing of embassies and consulates information can be found at http://usembassy.state.gov/.

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