Have a question about attending? We can help! Below we have answered some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
You can register online by visiting Register. For additional questions regarding registration for the conference, please contact SME Customer Service at email@example.com or 303.948.4200. To receive advanced registration rates, SME must receive your registration form and payment by January 13, 2020. After January 13, 2020, on-site registration fees apply.
SME will provide any international delegates with assistance obtaining a visa and appropriate use of passports.
Visas/Temporary Visitors to the U.S./Passports
International visitors add greatly to our nation’s culture, education and economic life. We continue the proud tradition of welcoming visitors to the United States, with secure borders and open doors.
Most Canadian citizens and many citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries can come to the United States (U.S.) without a visa if they meet certain requirements. All Visa Waiver Program travelers must present a machine-readable passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa; otherwise a U.S. visa is required. Other foreign citizens will need a nonimmigrant visa.
Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. The visa, placed in your passport when issued, allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection immigration officer to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.
International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. For an overview of the types of nonimmigrant visas available under immigration law, please visit Travel.State.Gov. The Consular Officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.
Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!
IMPORTANT STEPS TO REMEMBER:
Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.
Review the Visa Wait Times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available at travel.state.gov. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and other instructions. Plan on an interview, as well as quick inkless fingerprint scans at the U.S. embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Applicants are advised when they apply.
U.S. Visa Policy
We welcome travelers from around the world coming as temporary visitors, or to immigrate to the United States, in accordance with U.S. immigration laws.
Visa Processing Time Information
Recent changes in U.S. laws governing visa policy and procedures have increased the amount of time it can take to obtain a visa. Apply early! Even with the visa processing improvements that have been made and will continue to be made, it is inevitable that delays will sometimes occur. Processing times will vary. The State Department’s goal is visa delivery no more than 30 days from the time of application in most cases, although cases that require administrative processing could take longer. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of application. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case. Therefore, before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants or their representatives will need to wait at least 90 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later. If you want to visit the U.S. and require a visa, plan to schedule your visa interview well in advance of your departure date. Learn more by travel.state.gov and contact the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will apply for detailed “how-to” instructions.
Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 38 participating countries* to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program was established to eliminate unnecessary barriers to travel, stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa, if they prefer to do so. Nationals of VWP countries* must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on VWP, and therefore, some travelers from VWP countries* are not eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel, are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.
Which countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
Citizens or nationals of the following countries are currently eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP, unless citizens of one of these countries are also a national of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom**
**To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.
For additional information on obtaining your travel visa, please see Travel.State.Gov.
UCA will send a letter of invitation upon request. Invitations are intended to help international delegates raise travel funds or obtain a visa. Request for letters of invitation must include: attendee name, job title, company name, mailing address (PO Boxes are not acceptable), city, state/province, country, zip/postal code, phone and fax number, and beginning and end dates of travel. Requests should also provide the address, phone and fax number of appropriate embassy.
Please send requests to:
MineXchange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo
Attention: Customer Service
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112, USA
Please send requests for letters of invitation to:
SME will send a letter of invitation upon request. Invitations are intended to help international delegates raise travel funds or obtain a visa. Request for letters of invitation must include: attendee name, job title, company name, mailing address (PO Boxes are not acceptable), city, state/province, country, zip/postal code, phone and fax number, and beginning and end dates of travel. Requests should also provide the address, phone and fax number of appropriate embassy.
PLEASE SEND REQUESTS TO:
Attention: Customer Service
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112, USA
Please send requests for letters of invitation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send all receipt inquiries to Experient, SME's Official Registration & Housing Vendor, at 800.424.5249 or email@example.com.
Short courses and workshops require an additional registration fee to attend.
The exhibit hall is open Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Monday, February 24, 2020 from 11:00am - 5:30pm; Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 11:00am - 5:30pm; and Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 9:00am - 1:00pm. These times are subject to change.
In the registration process, you will be prompted to reserve your hotel room. You must be registered for MineXchange in order to book into SME’s hotel block.
SME has received several reports that wholesalers have been contacting attendees and exhibitors offering deals on hotels for the conference. While it is not illegal for a travel firm or booking agent to solicit potential customers, it can be difficult to determine the legitimacy of offers from these organizations. Those who opt for alternatives to the SME negotiated rates may find themselves at risk. SME reminds attendees that we have no affiliation with any of these hotel room brokers. The only official SME Housing Office is Experient.