66th Annual Gaseous Electronics Conference
September 30 - October 4, 2013 • Princeton, New Jersey

International Visitors

This international visitors information is for non-U.S. citizens/residents traveling to the U.S.. If you plan other visits, such as business or vacation trips before or after the workshop, this information may not be appropriate for your plans. Please note that this information is given in good faith, but regulations may change. The only authoritative sources of information about visas to the U.S. are U.S. Government websites.

U.S Visa Policies
U.S. State Department
Temporary Visitors to U.S.
U.S. Embassies
U.S. - Visit Program of the Department of Homeland Security
Visa Waiver Program

The most common way of visiting the U.S. without a visa is through the Visa Waiver Program. Currently thirty-six countries participate in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.

Attendees should familiarize themselves with visa requirements well in advance. We encourage you to apply for your visa as early as possible. The U.S. has updated its visa policies to increase security for its citizens and visitors. Receiving a visa may take longer than you expect. For details that may apply specifically to your country, see information posted by your nearest consulate or embassy.

Current Visa Wait Times
Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact their consulates to find out how long the wait is for an interview and to estimate how long it may take to have a non-immigrant visa processed. Look up your consulate's wait times on the U.S. Department of State's list.

Letters of Invitation are available upon request. Please contact:

Dr. Alexander V. Khrabrov (akhrabrov@pppl.gov)

Allow up to 10 business days to receive your letter. Necessary information to include into request:

  • Your name exactly as it appears on your passport
  • Your current mailing address
  • Your submitted abstract title and all authors

Visa Interview Advice
WARNING: No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Final travel plans or the purchase of a non-refundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued.

What to Take to Your Visa Interview:

  • Specific and detailed explanations related to your purpose for travel.
  • A copy of your letter of invitation.
  • Complete travel itinerary and (if appropriate) program schedule.
  • Explanation from your institution regarding how your travel will be funded.

Biometric Identifier
For U.S. visas, the chosen method of objective measurement of a physical characteristic - biometric identifier, is a digital photo and electronic fingerprints. All fingers of a visa applicant are electronically scanned in a quick, inkless process during the consular officer's interview with the applicant.

PPPL tour
Foreign Nationals who would like to go on the tour must complete the form at the PPPL Foreign Nationals registration page well in advance of the tour date to be allowed entry to the Laboratory.