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How to Apply for a Visa

SLAS2015 welcomes participants from around the world. Please find important information below regarding travel to the United States.

The U.S. requires the citizens of many foreign countries to obtain visas to enter the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen and are intending to travel to SLAS2015, please ensure that you obtain the correct visa to enter the country.

The information below is subject to change, so be sure to check details specific to your situation at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html.

Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 38 participating countries (at the time of writing; subject to change) to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only), for stays of 90 days or less, without obtaining a visa.

More information on the VWP

Countries included within the VWP are:

Andorra
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Chile
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
United Kingdom

ESTA

In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business.

Apply for an ESTA today

Visas from Countries Not Covered by the VWP

Citizens of countries not covered by the VWP must obtain a visa through their local U.S. Embassy. They are advised to allow up to four months to obtain a visa for entry into the U.S. Please note that fees are applicable to visa applications. See the links below for more information:

Registration Information and Invitation Letters

SLAS2015 Registration will open in August, 2014.

When you register for the conference from outside the United States, and your country DOES NOT participate in the Visa Waiver Program (see list above), SLAS2015 will provide a letter of invitation upon request. You must first register for the SLAS2015 Conference and Exhibition to be eligible to request a letter of invitation.

To register for the conference, please visit www.slas2015.org/registration/index.cfm. You will have the opportunity to request a letter of invitation DURING the registration process and can download and print the requested Visa letter using the 'Registration Information' tab within the registration dashboard.

Please contact SLAS2015 Registration if you have questions about the letter of invitation procedure.

Due to the fact that an application for a visa can be a lengthy process, SLAS2015 recommends that you start your visa application process early: 90 to 120 days prior to the conference.