International Guests

Entry Formalities

 
All non-U.S. citizens are required to have a U.S. visa to enter the United States. You may apply for a visa (usually) no more than 60 days in advance of you travel date. After you have registered for the IUFRO World Congress, a visa support letter will be generated in your name, which you may use to apply for a visa. Relevant visas for this Congress include:

  • B-1/B-2 visa (business/tourist visa):
  • This is a nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the U.S. temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure or tourism (B-2). Click here for more information. The majority of our delegates will be eligible for this type of visa.

  • J-1 visa (exchange visitor visa):
  • This is a nonimmigrant visa for persons approved to participate in work- and study-based exchange visitor programs. Participants who are eligible for this visa category will be contacted directly by an IUFRO World Congress representative.

  • Visa Waiver Program:
  • If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you are not required to obtain a visa prior to your visit. The list of countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program may be found here.

    Even if you are on the Visa Waiver Program, you must be authorized under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Further information and the application may be found here.

    If your country does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program, you must apply for a visa prior to entering the United States. You may apply for a visa (usually) no more than 60 days in advance of your travel date. After you have registered (opens 30 November 2013) for the IUFRO World Congress, a visa support letter will be automatically generated in your name, which you may use to apply for a visa. The non-immigrant visa application processing fee for a B-1/B-2 or J-1 visa is non-refundable and cost $160.00.

    If you are denied a visa for some reason, the IUFRO World Congress has a liberal refund policy for delegates who are denied visas. With proof of your declined visa request, you will receive a full refund of your registration fees and all other paid ticketed events. You are responsible for cancelling your own flights, hotels, and other travel reservations.
    For more information on obtaining a visa, please visit travel.state.gov/visa.

    For other questions related to visas, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.