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US visa problems

The International Visitors Office (IVO) of the US National Academies has launched a new website to provide information on visas for visiting scientists and scholars and advice for organizers of international scientific meetings in the US. Please see

This site includes a questionnaire through which scientists, engineers, medical professionals, and scholars can report their difficulties with the visa process. The questionnaire is used by the IVO to collect statistical data, and, in some cases, to assist with the visa process. The IVO maintains a list of international scientific meetings held in the US. It shares this list with the Department of State on a regular basis to help validate a visa applicant's purpose for visiting the US.

Please visit this site and share it with your colleagues.If you have any comments on how the IVO site can better inform and assist you and your colleagues on visa issues, send them to