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Visitor Visas

Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of specific countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business, for 90 days or less, without obtaining a nonimmigrant visa. For a list of participating countries and additional information about the program visit the U.S. Department of State's Visa Waiver Program webpage.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system that assists in determining eligibility to travel to the United States under the VWP. ESTA is not a visa. VWP travelers must complete an ESTA application and receive notification of his or her acceptance prior to their visit. Obtain an ESTA now.

Residents of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda
Canada, Mexico and Bermuda are not participants in the Visa Waiver Program. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all travelers to and from the Americas, the Caribbean and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States. Visit the Department of Homeland Security's Crossing Boarders website for more information about proper documentation.

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Visa Problems
The Academy would like to hear from you if you have experienced any difficulties obtaining a visa in order to attend an AAO meeting. E-mail us to report any difficulties or to request additional documentation beyond the letter of invitation.

You may also report your case to The National Academies International Visitors Office by completing the Visa Questionnaire. Be sure to identify "American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting" in the "Purpose of Visit" field.