Visa Information
General Info
Planning Steps
U.S. Dept. of State
Visa Services Info
Important Websites
Travel Grants
Request Letter of Invitation


Do I need a visa?

Most travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport valid for at least six months longer than the intended visit. Please explore the pages at the right to determine if you require a travel visa to attend the Annual Meeting.

If you do need a visa, please understand that the visa application process may take several months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates. The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as three months, with processing taking an additional month or more. You can check the U.S. State Department’s Web site, for estimates of visa application wait times. As soon as you decide to attend the meeting, you should begin the process of applying for a visa.

The United States has made some important changes to the US-VISIT program, which was instituted in 2004. The program now requires most foreign visitors to have a set of complete fingerprints taken along with a digital photograph to verify identity at consulates as well as the port-of-entry. Most Canadians are currently exempt from US-VISIT requirements. A departure confirmation program, as part of US-VISIT, is also now currently in place. This program applies to all visitors, including those from visa waiver countries.

International Section Travel Grants

Application deadline: 1 August 2009

GSA’s International Section is offering travel grants to assist the participation of international scientists and students in the annual meeting of the Society. Funds are limited; these grants will never cover the full cost of attending the meeting but are intended to help defray the combined cost of registration, housing, and travel. To apply, please go to the GSA International Section’s Web page.

Questions? Contact John Wakabayashi at .



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