Visa Information for International Delegates

Are you an International Delegate needing to obtain a Visa to enter the United States?

Below is helpful information that will guide you through the steps. A letter of invitation will
be available
in the Delegate Registration process.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE UNITED STATES

Traveling to the United States involves additional advanced planning, since citizens of foreign countries usually require a visa, or an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) visa waiver, to enter as a visitor.

VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.

The list of VWP designated countries can be found here.

In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States. ESTA is a web-based system operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to determine eligibility to travel under the VWP to the United States for tourism or business.

The ESTA homepage can be found here.

You should submit your application in good time and at least 72 hours before departure to allow for processing and approval by the U.S. authorities.

An electronic passport (e-Passport), valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure from the United States, is also required for travel under the VWP.

If approved, the ESTA authorization is valid for two years.

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The following are not eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program:

• Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011;

• Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process (see below for guidance).

APPLYING FOR A VISA

Those not eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP will need to obtain a visitor visa. Visitor visas are non-immigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1).

The following information will assist you with applying for your visa.

Review visa wait times and then visit your local U.S. embassy or consulate website where you will apply for your visa. There you can find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees, and any other instructions.

Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, a quick fingerprint scan should be expected. Applicants who need additional screening are informed during the application process.

Prior to your scheduled interview date, you can complete the visa application online.

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Give yourself as much time as possible to apply for and obtain your visa.

OFFICIAL INVITATION LETTER

The Official Invitation Letter is available for registered delegates. This letter is only accessible after delegates have registered and PAID IN FULL.

Please note: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the United States. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit the 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee to assist you in obtaining a visa. The 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can the 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.

GLOBAL ENTRY

Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network Members are encouraged to proceed and use a Global Entry kiosk on their arrival into the United States.

All passengers eligible to apply for the U.S. CBP Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network Program are highly encouraged to do so.

U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, and citizens of select countries are eligible for Global Entry membership. Find out which countries are eligible.

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Please note: The aforementioned information is a general guideline for travel to the United States. Because travel requirements may change, the 23rd World Petroleum Congress Organizing Committee recommends that attendees contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate to ensure they have proper documentation.