San Diego, CA is the location of the 2018-2019 International Soils Meeting. Make plans to join us! The official language of the International Soils Meeting is English.
Travel to the United States
Most travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport that is valid six months longer than the intended visit. Please visit the International Visitors Office (IVO) to determine if you require a travel visa to attend the International Soils Meeting.
Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 38 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Currently, 36 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:
Czech Republic United Kingdom
Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015
Under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
If you require a visa, please recognize that the visa application process may take several months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates.The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as three months, with processing taking an additional month or more. The wait time for visa applications is available on the State Department's Website. You should begin this process as soon as you make the decision to attend the International Soils Meeting.
In compliance with the executive order "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," signed March 6, 2017, the International Visitors Office (IVO) will not, at this time, be able to report any new or pending visa application cases from the following countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The IVO recommends that interested parties check the Department of State's webpage on U.S. Visas for continued updates: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.
Letter of Intended Participation
Request a Letter of Intended Participation.
Experiencing a Delay in Travel Visa Processing?
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has developed a page on its website to collect detailed information about international scientists experiencing significant visa delays. This could prove useful to scientists still trying to cope with the many changes in protocol brought on by the SEVIS student-tracking system and the enhanced security of the US VISIT program. Visa applications that are delayed by more than 60 days will be reported to the State Department. Please visit the NAS web site at http://national-academies.org/visas.
Crossing the Border: Documents needed
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)