Increasing concerns about visas for scientists to attend international scientific meetings


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The International Council for Science (ICSU) is seriously concerned that measures taken by some national authorities, ostensibly to prevent illegal immigration, are increasingly making the visa application process unpleasant, drawn out, obscure, expensive and unpredictable. In some countries, this has become a significant obstacle to the holding of international scientific meetings.

ICSU promotes the free movement and association of scientists, including their participation at international scientific meetings. Both conference organisers and participants have the responsibility to be familiar with and follow the visa application and issuing processes of the conference host country, including the timing requirements for submission of visa applications.

The free movement and association of scientists, including their participation at international scientific meetings is a staple of the scientific profession, and one that the ISSC works toward. Recently, at the ISSC General Assembly and World Social Science Forum several participants found it difficult or impossible to obtain their visas to travel to Montreal, Canada, to attend. A resolution was thus proposed and adopted unanimously by the ISSC General Assembly on Saturday 11 October 2013.