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Sun, 18 Nov 2012

22:17:38 18 Nov 2012
(Posted by: Jimmy Kaplowitz)

DebConf10 visa information available


The DebConf10 local team would like to announce availability of visa information at

Full information is contained at that page, provided by our lawyer; however some important points are indicated below.

- The United States depends on its tens of millions of visitors annually for its economy to function. Getting approved for a visa is not a rare exception, and it is even easier given our generous free help from an immigration lawyer.

- If you are from a Visa Waiver Program country (see visa page), fill out the ESTA web form to apply for your travel authorization now. You don’t need any information about the conference itself or your means of travel.

- If you will need to apply for a visa, check the visa information page for information on what to do. Carefully check the wait times for your country’s embassy. For most countries there is no *immediate* urgency, but plan to get an appointment well in advance of May 2010.

- Make sure you will have a passport that will expire in February 2011 or later (6 months after the latest possible DebConf date). If not, apply for a new passport.

Special note to Venezuelans: Since the wait time for a visa appointment in Caracas is so long, we have been paying special attention to its visa application process. We have reports that the dates for visa appointments are moving quickly, getting later and later. If you are are applying for a visa in Caracas, you need to make an appointment immediately. You just need to make an appointment now, supporting materials can be assembled later. Also consider applying for a visa in a different US embassy such as the Quito, Ecuador one with a significantly shorter wait time. Consult with our lawyer for advice on the advantages and disadvantages of doing this.

The local team hopes that everyone interested can meet us in New York City and have a great DebConf10 experience! Feel free to email us (publicly archived list) or ask in #debconf-team or #debconf-nyc on OFTC with your questions or ideas.

- The DebConf10 Local Team