Visa Information for Attendees traveling to the United States

B-1 VISA INFORMATION:

If you do not have a valid B-1/B-2 visa stamp on your passport, you will need to apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you. Securing a visa can be a lengthy process, so please plan accordingly. Instructions for applying for a B-1 Business Visitor Visa can be found on the State Department’s website here:http://travel.state.gov/pdf/BusinessVisa.pdf, with further details found here:http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html.


LETTER OF INVITATION:

PBS will be able to provide a Letter of Invitation to attendees. We cannot guarantee that it will procure a visa, but it may be of assistance. If you are in need of a letter of invitation, write to us at pbi2013@pbs.org and we will work with you on the letter.


VISA WAIVER PROGRAM:

If your home country participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) with the United States, you need to carry your passport, but do not need to secure a visa for entrance to the United States. If you’re not sure if you qualify, consult the web page here:http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html to confirm.

To travel under the VWP, you will need to register with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before your departure. Directions can be found at:https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommends travelers print out the ESTA application response to serve as receipt of their ESTA registration when you are checking in with your airline.

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