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    Taos, New Mexico, United States
    20 - 24 April 2008
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    Visa Information and Invitation Requests

    Apply now for your Visa! If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now! You need to allow a minimum of 6 weeks processing time. Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. See links below for more information about Visa and passport requirements for travel to the United States:

    U.S. Department of State Visa information home page: http://travel.state.gov/visa

    A Visas Mantis may be required: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2005/42212.htm

    Estimated wait times for interview appointment and visa processing: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/tempvisitors_wait.php

    Do you think you don't need a Visa? See information for temporary visitors to the United States to find out: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2005/42212.htm

    The National Academies Visa information pages: http://national-academies.org/visas




    Letters of Invitation from SPIE

    FOR CONFERENCE CHAIRS, TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND AUTHORS: Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must be listed on a paper or in the program to receive an invitation letter. If you are in the Photonics West 2009 program, and are in need of an Official Invitation Letter from SPIE for visa application purposes, please fill out and send SPIE the Invitation Letter Request Form.

    FOR EXHIBITORS: If you are an exhibitor requiring a letter of invitation from SPIE to obtain a travel visa to participate in the Photonics West 2009 Exhibition, please fill out and send SPIE the Exhibitor Invitation Letter Request Form.

    * Please fill out a separate form for each person requesting a letter.
    * Fax completed form to SPIE at 1-360-647-1445 or send electronically to email address on form.
    * All letters of invitation will be sent by airmail and by email (as a PDF attachment) unless a courier account number or credit card number with expiration date is provided with the original request.
    * Please allow up to 15 business days to process your request.
    * SPIE is not able to contact U.S. Embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry to attend an SPIE meeting.

    **NOTE: We recommend that you secure your travel visa before registering for the conference as cancellations after the preregistration cutoff may result in a cancellation fee.