International Attendee Resources

Please note that this is general information provided by NYSPSA, and because this information may change, it is recommended that you contact your local embassy to ensure documentation is in order.

Applying for a Visa

Business (B-1) visas are used for attending education events. The State Department recommends applying for a visa no later than 60 days before the travel date. NYSPSA recommends starting this process as soon as possible to ensure everything is in order.

Visa Waiver Program

Locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate

Visa Waiver Programs

If you are attending from a Visa Waiver Country, you must meet all the requirements listed on the State Department’s page, and you must ensure your Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is up to date and have an e-passport ready to use.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)


FAQs on the Visa Waiver Program and ESTA