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Visa Requirements

Conference participants should familiarize themselves with visa requirements well in advance of the conference. The 2012 Conference on Precision Electromagnet Measurements (CPEM 2012) organizers encourages you to apply for your visa as early as possible, at least 3 months prior to this conference (by April 2012).

CPEM 2012 CANNOT INTERVENE with U.S. Embassies abroad or the State Department in Washington, DC, on behalf of any participant. However, if you need a personal letter of invitation to attend the Conference, contact Sharon Grove and provide the following information:

Your letter will be emailed (in pdf format), therefore we ask that you please request this information in advance so that you receive it in time for you to use.
Further, spouses requiring visa assistance must be registered separately as a CPEM 2012 Guest.

The U.S. has updated its visa policies to increase security for our citizens and visitors. It will likely take you longer to get a visa than it used to, and you will find that a few new security measures have been put into place. For details that may apply specifically to your country, see information posted by your nearest consulate or embassy.


As of October 26, 2006, any passport issued on or after this date by a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country must be an e-Passport for VWP travelers to be eligible to enter the U.S. without a visa. The most common way of entering the U.S. without a visa is through the VWP. The 27 participating VWP countries can be found online.


Visa Waiver Information
US Embassies
Traveling to the United States
Temporary Visitors to U.S.

Step-by-Step Process to Obtain a U.S. Visa (pdf file)


These notes presume that non-U.S. citizens/residents traveling to the U.S. for attendance at the 2012 CPEM do so for this reason only. The guidance offered may not be appropriate for plans, which include visits to other institutions, vacations or other objectives.



Any problems encountered in visa applications or in the admission process should be reported to the International Visitors Office by completing the questionnaire on their website.

To help the Int’l Visitors Office to identify you as a participant, please be sure to include the name of our meeting (Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements) in the "Purpose of Visit" field on the questionnaire. The International Visitors Office can inquire at the Department of State about the status of visa applications that have been pending for more than 20 days.


Please note that this information is given in good faith but that the regulations may change and the only authoritative sources of information are the U.S. Government websites.

Please send any suggestions for this website to cpem2012_web@nist.gov. Other inquiries relating to CPEM 2012 should be directed to cpem2012@nist.gov.

Date created: 4/9/2010
Last updated: 2/27/2012