Visa Information

Important Visa Information for International Registrants

The UFWH Summit, the Deaton Institute, and the University of Missouri welcomes our international attendees to this year’s conference.

Begin your visa application process as soon as possible. Consulates in some countries take several months to process applications. Obtaining visas are the responsibility of attendees and other participants.

Important steps to remember

  • Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal. Official United States Visa Website
  • The United States is expanding the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The Patriot Act legislated that all Visa Waiver Program travelers must have a machine-readable passport.
  • VWP VWP nationals need to submit an application for travel to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before coming to the United States. ESTA If approved, this authorization is good for two years from the date of authorization or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • If an ESTA application is denied and you still want to come to the conference you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa at an U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • Consulate and Embassy Information – Find U.S. consulates and embassies in your country.
  • Review the visa wait times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available on the U.S. Department of State website at Visa Wait Times. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions.
  • Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. 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.

Invitation Letters

Invitation letters will be available only after your registration has been confirmed. Invitation letter requests can be sent to muconf2@missouri.edu. You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of the UFWH Summit.

Every international visitor should check with his or her local consulate regarding visa and entry regulations for the United States.

Note: Some countries have special requirements for the visa letter in addition to the standard information provided. Please check with your local consulate for any additional requirements to attend the UFWH Summit.

For the rare occasion that attendees require a letter prior to registration, please submit this request via muconf2@missouri.edu with your name, title, organization, supervisor, address, email, phone, fax, date of birth, country issuing your passport, and passport number.

Attendance Verification Documentation

There are two types of verification generated through the registration process:

  1. Registration Confirmation: Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an e-mail or printed confirmation that you can refer to during your visa interview.
  2. Official Letter of Invitation for Meeting Attendees: This letter will be generated only if requested (by emailing muconf2@missouri.edu) after your registration has been confirmed. You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of UFWH Summit.

Visa Denials

Registration Refunds Due to a Visa Denial:
Visa processing may require long lead times. Please plan accordingly! We highly recommend you apply for the U.S. visa three to four months in advance. If your visa has been denied and you would like to be considered for registration refund, please make sure you have either an official denial document from the U.S. consulate or a stamped copy of your application form, showing the date when you applied and the date your visa application has been denied. Not all requests for a refund may be approved.

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U.S. Point of Contact Information (for visa application purposes)

Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit
University of Missouri

344 Hearnes Center
Columbia,
Missouri 65211
U.S.A.
Tel: +1-573-882-9551
Email: muconf2@missouri.edu

 


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