Re: [802SEC] VISA requirements for Singapore for 802 participants who are not US citizens
- To: Bob Heile <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: [802SEC] VISA requirements for Singapore for 802 participants who are not US citizens
- From: Geoff Thompson <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 14:17:18 -0800
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At 02:27 PM 3/27/2003 -0500, Bob Heile wrote:
As I indicated in an earlier email, we have referred this to the meeting
planners and Cisco in Singapore for recommendations on how best to take
care of this. Stuart and I are following up by phone tonight and
with luck we can get an answer fairly quickly. Part of the meeting
registration process already asks whether a letter is needed so the
solution may be academic and all we need to do is make it more visible on
the web sites.
I have to confess that the visibility was below my line of sight
At 11:51 AM 3/27/03 -0800, Geoff Thompson
Apparently there is a problem, or at a minimum a complication, for folks
who wish to attend the wireless meetings in Singapore. A "Letter of
Introduction" (LOI) and a "form V52" is required by
Singapore along with the visa application. According to the web site,
these must be completed by a sponsoring person or corporation from within
This affects citizens from a number of countries whose membership is
represented within 802 (e.g. India, Pakistan, PRC, Hong Kong, Egypt).
Further, to my mind, it significantly inhibits our ability to have
meetings that are "open" to new participants.
I have no idea who should be approached to satisfy these requirements.
The existence of the requirement and the procedure/contact to satisfy it
should be included with the meeting notice on the web site(s).
Please fix this and send an announcement to the reflectors when updated
information is available.
We will need to have a discussion at the next plenary on guidelines for
appropriate meeting locations.
Geoff Thompson, Vice Chair, IEEE 802
At 12:57 PM 3/27/2003 -0500, Mark Klerer wrote:
I have gone to the Singapore website - here is the info about the
"Letter of Introduction" (LOI). Indian nationals are included
in the ones that require Visa's. Many US and Canada based companies have
Indian Nationals in their employee. Other countries impacted are
China and Russia.
(b) To apply for an entry visa, the
14 as well as furnish a copy of
V39A (Letter of
Introduction- LOI) issued by a Local Contact in Singapore. The
local contact can be a Singapore citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident or
a Singapore registered corporation. In the case of business visits, the
local contact must be a Singapore registered corporation. If you are not
able to furnish a LOI from a local contact, you may approach your Embassy
or Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue a LOI to support your visa
The web site is at
So unless we can get the govt to issue some blanket "number" that identifies us - we ought to get such a letter to evryone attending that needs one.
(From the ITU-R Meeting in Brazil)
From: Geoff Thompson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 8:34 PM
To: Jim Lansford
Cc: Geoff Thompson; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; M.Klerer@flarion.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: RE: News updates from Singapore
See attached below.
Is a "letter" really necessary? Can you ask whoever our government contact is?
I have trouble with this, a copy of a meeting notice (and perhaps a copy of an IEEE membership card) should be sufficient in all cases (US and Canada too.)
Or am I being naive?
At 05:58 PM 3/25/2003 -0600, Jim Lansford wrote:
(Material deleted, was on another topic, GOT)
Jim Lansford, Ph.D.
VP, Business Development
Chair, IEEE 802.19 Coexistence TAG
Phone: +1 405 377 6170
Fax: +1 425 671 6099
Mobile: +1 405 714 0074
From: "Tetlow, Sherry S [GMG]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'Thompson@ieee.org'" <Thompson@ieee.org>
Cc: "Sheikh, Khurram P [GMG]" <email@example.com>
Subject: 802.20 Conference in Singapore
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 14:08:56 -0600
Khurram Sheikh Chief Technical Advisor for Sprint, would like to attend the
802.20 conference in Singapore from May 11th to the 15th. Is it possible
for you to fax a letter of invitation to Khurram for his visa? The letter
must be on letterhead and include the address in Singapore for the
conference and a signature. Please fax it to me at 913-762-0523. Feel
free to call me if you have any questions at 913-762-1581. We would like to
get the letter as soon as possible since it takes several weeks to obtain
Thank you in advance for your consideration regarding this matter.
Exec. Admin. I,
to Khurram Sheikh,
Chief Technical Advisor, SBD Network Organization
Bob Heile, Ph.D
Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
Chair, ZigBee Alliance
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