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With the exception of foreign visitors from Canada, all
others are required to have a visa and a current passport to enter the
United States. Contact your United States Embassy or Consulate
Office for information about obtaining a Visitor's Visa (B-2). It is
important to apply early. Because of recent changes in United
States visa policy and procedures you may need as much as 5 months to
obtain a visa. For a list of Web sites of United States
embassies and consulates worldwide, please visit
must apply in person at the US Embassy office in his/her
country for the visa.
The application fee is $100.
The embassy office also requires that each applicant present
a letter from the sponsoring institution.
The letter should state:
~how long the traveler will be staying.
~who will be paying for the expenses.
~purpose of travel.
~who is sponsoring the travel.
You can download the letter from the website. Click on
If you need a letter directed to you specifically, see
You may also enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program if
you are a citizen of one of the 27 countries that participates in this
program. These countries are: ANDORRA, ICELAND, NORWAY,
AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRUNEI, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, IRELAND,
ITALY, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, LUXEMBOURG, MONACO, the NETHERLANDS, NEW
ZEALAND, PORTUGAL, SAN MARINO, SINGAPORE, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN,
SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM. Please note that visitors from
Belgium have been required to have a MACHINE READABLE PASSPORT since May
15, 2003. All other Visa Waiver Program countries will not need the
machine readable passport for entry into the United States until October
26, 2004. The Visa Waiver Program applies to foreigners who want to
visit the United States for pleasure. This includes amateurs
participating in sports who will receive no money or other remuneration in
List yourself as an amateur.
To enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, travelers from
participating countries must: (1) be a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program
country, (2) have a valid passport issued by the participating country
that is valid for six months beyond the intended visit, (3) have a machine
readable passport from Belgium only, and (4) be seeking entry for 90 days
or less as a temporary visitor for pleasure. Also visitors using
this program must fly on specified carriers.
It is important that
you call the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for further details about
If you need a personal letter to assist with the process of acquiring a
visa, direct your request to all of the following:
Michael J. Beautyman, chairman of the 2004 World Senior Tennis
Luca Santilli, Executive Director of the ITF, at
David Schobel, Director, USTA, at
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