All foreign nationals visiting General Atomics are required to show their passport at the time of check-in. Due to The Department of Energy regulations all Non-U.S. Citizens are required to submit the The Non-U.S. Citizen Form. Once the form (not connected to the Registration form) has been submitted, an invitation letter will be sent to you as quickly as possible.
1) Fill out Non-U.S. Citizen Form: Visa Invitation Participants Form
2) For the field GA HOST put "N/A"
3) Submit the form
4) Wait for invitation letter.
Visa Waiver Country Participants
Beginning January 12, 2009, all foreign nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries are required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.
The "35" Visa Waiver Program Countries are:
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The traveler can apply via the "ESTA" web site at: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta. Effective September 2010 fees were imposed, which currently is a total of $14.00. There are several unauthorized websites, which charge the traveler for this process, but they should not be used. These sites are scams. Use of these sites also does not expedite the granting of approval to travel to the United States.
When you obtain a visa through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization "ESTA", a number will be assigned to you for travel to the United States and is generally valid for two (2) years.
Visa Invitation Participants
As a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States who is not from a Visa Waiver Country, you must first obtain a visa. General Atomics will gladly provide you a visa invitation letter.
The invitation letter will provide an overview of the visa process as it pertains to your situation. Due to recent changes in the visa application procedure, the processing time for a visa has increased significantly. Currently, the processing time could be as long as ninety days. It is highly recommended you apply well in advance of your anticipated departure date. Unfortunately, prior to applying for a B1/B2 visa all visa applicants are required to pay a non immigrant visa application-processing fee of $131.00, which is non-refundable. Please read the U.S. Embassy website for your country well in advance of your anticipated departure date for exact details of visa processing. If you have questions regarding the visa process, you may contact Brenda Bowman, International Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.