If you are not a U.S. citizen, you likely will need a visa to enter the United States. Temporary visitors to the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration law and specific procedures to apply for a visa.
Important Notice: As of 12 January 2009, a valid ESTA approval is required for the 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. It collects the same information as the paper I-94W form that VWP travelers fill out en route to the United States. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. An ESTA authorization generally will be valid for up to two years. Authorizations will be valid for multiple entries into the United States. DHS recommends that travelers submit an ESTA application as soon as they begin making travel plans.Learn more about ESTA on the DHS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, www.cbp.gov.
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business [visitor (B) visa purposes] for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program was established in 1986 with the objective of eliminating unnecessary barriers to travel, stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa, if they prefer to do so. Not all countries participate in the VWP, and not all travelers from VWP countries are eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to apply for authorization though the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), are screened at their port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.
TRAVEL WITHOUT A VISA
The US-VISIT Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program provides visa-issuing posts and ports of entry with the biometric technology that enables the U.S. government to establish and verify your identity when you visit the United States.
In many cases, this process begins overseas at a U.S. visa issuing post, where a traveler’s biometrics—digital fingerprints and a photograph—are collected and checked against a watch list of known criminals and suspected terrorists. When the traveler arrives in the United States, we collect the same biometrics to verify that the person at our port is the same person who received the visa. Immigration officials use this information to help them make visa-issuance and admission decisions as part of the visa application process or entry inspection.
Unlike names and dates of birth, which can be changed, biometrics are unique and virtually impossible to forge. Collecting biometrics helps the U.S. government prevent people from using fraudulent documents to enter the country illegally. Collecting biometrics also helps protect your identity in the event your travel documents are lost or stolen.
VISA INVITATION LETTER
You will need to provide your local U.S. Consulate/Embassy with the necessary documentation required for a temporary visa. It may take a few months for your application to be processed, so please allow ample time.
Anyone requiring a letter of invitation from APEX in order to travel to the United States may contact APEX headquarters directly by one of the following methods:
1) E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Call +1.212.297.2177
3) Fax +1.212.370.9047
Airline Passenger Experience Association
355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017 USA
Anyone requiring a letter of invitation from IFSA in order to travel to the United States may contact IFSA headquarters directly by one of the following methods:
1) E-Mail email@example.com
2) Call +1.678.298.1187
3) Fax +1.404.591.6811
International Flight Services Association
1100 Johnson Ferry Road N.E., Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30342 USA
Please include your full name as it appears on your passport, complete mail address, phone and fax number. When requesting letters for more than one individual, please include the entire information requested above for each person.
NOTE: Refunds for registrations or exhibit space will not be made past the deadline date if the visa application is unsuccessful.
For assistance with international shipments, please contact Freeman, the official general contractor for the APEX/IFSA EXPO.
Toll Free USA and Canada: 800-995-3579
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