MESA - Middle East Studies Association

Visa Regulations for Foreign Scholars
Traveling to the US

Foreign scholars traveling to the U.S. to attend the MESA meeting can find information about obtaining the necessary visa at the U.S. State Department's website at Traveler's should be mindful of visa wait times (, which include the time it takes to schedule an interview at the U.S. Consulate or other visa issuing authority and the visa processing time. Combined wait times can be as long as several months. We recommend starting the visa application process several months in advance of the planned travel. Travelers who need a visa letter of support from MESA should contact Sara Palmer at

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