Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the
United States must first obtain a visa. A nonimmigrant visa for
temporary stay is needed for Institute participants. A (B-1) "visitor"
visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States government
for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for
business. This includes travel for a scientific, educational,
professional or business convention, or conference on specific dates.
Visa allows non-U.S. residents to travel to the United States
port-of-entry and request permission of the U.S. immigration inspector
to enter the U.S.
B-1 "Visitor" Visa Procedure
Anyone wanting to enter the United States must have a valid visa
obtained at a U.S. embassy or consulate. A person requesting a B-1
visa for this program must present a letter of invitation from the
International Cotton Institute. As required, the invitation letter
stating the purpose of the visit will be provided to all registered
Institute participants. It is at the American Consul's discretion to
grant any visa.
Often in person interviews at the American Consul or U.S. Embassy
are required. Please schedule an interview appointment promptly
after acceptance to the Institute to ensure your arrival in the
United States for the beginning of the program.
The same invitation letter must be presented to an immigration
official at the point of entry into the United States and a request
made for entrance in this visa classification. The immigration
official at the port of entry will provide you with an entry permit
(Form I-94) and the official will note "B-1" on the Institute
participant's entry permit (Form I-94). This notation on the I-94
form is of the greatest importance. Often a person will have a
B-1/B-2 visa for an indefinite period in his/her passport. But it is
presentation of the letter of invitation from the Institute that
authorizes the immigration official to grant the B-1 classification
at the time of entry into the United States.