EDITORIAL

Visa Labyrinth

Science  31 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6170, pp. 461
DOI: 10.1126/science.1250720

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Summary

The date of an exciting overseas academic conference is approaching, and you discover that you need a visa. You have to fill out an endless form (do you really have to list every country you've visited over the past 5, or even worse 10, years?). You may need to travel to a distant town for an interview. The visa may cost as much as your airline ticket. You begin to question whether you really need to go to this conference at all. And you wonder what things are like for someone trying to get a visa to attend a conference in your own country or work in your institution.