VISA ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS
Every international visitor should check with his or her local consulate regarding visa and entry regulations for United States.
If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now! Wait times for a visa interview can be several weeks or more in many countries, especially during peak travel periods. With this in mind, we strongly urge you to place your request for a letter of invitation to attend SEMICON West 2013 as soon as possible.
Visitors to the U.S. from visa-waiver countries are required to register online, screened and authorized for entry. TheElectronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was ordered by the Department of Homeland Security to identify visitors who might be a threat. Authorization is good for two years or until one's current passport expires. For more information contact your local consulate regarding visa and entry regulations for United States.
VISA INTERVIEW TIPS
Request your letter of invitation, and make your appointment for a visa interview early! Wait times for a visa interview can be several weeks or more in many countries, especially during peak travel periods. With this in mind, we strongly urge you to place your request for a letter of invitation to attend SEMICON West 2013 as soon as possible. These helpful tips may make your visa interview process easier:
Request a letter of invitation
The sooner you request your letter of invitation the better. With recent changes in the immigration laws, it may take longer to apply for a visitor visa. Be sure to request an invitation letter in the Exhibitor registration process or contact Customer Service at Email:email@example.com or Tel: +1.508.743.8532 for direct assistance.
Complete all information requested by SEMI to process your letter of invitation.
Schedule an appointment with your embassy as soon as you receive your visa letter. Make your appointment early as wait times can be long in some countries. Please request your letter of invitation before making your appointment and make sure you have the letter available for your interview.
Travel with an official embassy delegation. Traveling with a delegation organized by your local embassy can improve your chances of receiving visa approval. Many embassies organize official delegations through their commercial sections. If you are interested in joining a delegation, contact your local embassy and ask if the commercial trade specialist is organizing a delegation. Locate your nearest embassy or consulate at here.
Verify fees and requirements. Go to U.S. Department of State and go toVisitor Visas to find out about visa fees and the methods of payment accepted by the embassy or consulate. The website also contains information on other requirements such as photographs.
Be sure to complete all official documents. Answer all questions completely. Do not use ‘n/a’, ‘not applicable’, on your forms. If the answer is in the negative, use ‘no’, ‘nil’, or ‘none.’
Show proof of ‘strong ties’ that bind you to your country of residence. The Consular Officers conducting interviews look for proof that you will return to your country. Evidence of ‘strong ties’ includes proof of business ownership or employment, social and family relationships.
If you have traveled to the U.S. previously, provide documentation demonstrating you returned to your country on time (airline boarding pass for example). Show proof that you returned within the timeframe you stated. For example, use an airline ticket stub/boarding pass that shows your return flight or meeting materials that show you attended a business conference.
With your application, include any materials SEMI may have sent you. Include with your application any printed conference materials, official booth confirmation letter, etc. you receive from SEMICON West 2013 to prove the show is legitimate business event. As part of the visa interview, quick inkless fingerprint scans should be expected. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Applicants are advised when they apply.
Getting a visa is easy if you are prepared. Interviews typically last no more than 5 minutes, and the questions are related to confirming your travel plans and ties to your home country. But remember, wait times can be long for visa processing. Register for SEMICON West 2013, get your letter and make your appointment as soon as possible.
Here are some more helpful links:
Register Online for entry to the United States