Conference participants are requested to familiarize themselves
with visa requirements well in advance of the conference. The following are some useful sources
on visa requirements:
www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/ : National Academies International Visitors Office
travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html : general visa information from U.S. Department of State
The majority of you will be able to use the "Visa Waiver Program." Details on this can be found at travel.state.gov/vwp.html, including a listing of
the (27) countries that currently participate in the VWP.
Effective January 9, 2009, foreign travelers to the U.S.
intending to use the VWP will be unable to enter the U.S.
unless they have been "pre-authorized" by the new online "Electronic
System for Travel Authorization" (ESTA). Please visit
for information about
Travelers may log into ESTA as far in advance of their travel as
possible but it is recommended no less than 72 hours before departure.
For those of you that can not use the "Visa Waiver Program." and will need a visa, we provide a QM09 Invitation Letter on request. If you need such a letter, please indicate that as part of your
We typically send out the requested letters on Mondays or Tuesdays.
If you did not receive your invitation by e-mail within a few days after your
request, or if you wish to receive a hard-copy via regular mail, please
send an email to the QM09
and this will be arranged (please note that printing out the version you get by e-mail
should be much faster than waiting for a hardcopy with regular mail though).
Please include the following info in your request email:
your full name, date of birth, citizenship, country of birth,
and e-mail address.
We recommend that you try to arrange your visa as soon as possible.
As a reference, the current US visa processing/interview time can be viewed at
Do please note
though, as it says on the webpage, that the quoted times does not include
time required for administrative processing, and that it may thus take you
considerably longer to get your visa.
Again, please apply as early as you can.