MADISON, Wis. (2/16/10)--Acknowledging that heightened homeland security regulations have made it tougher for some foreign nationals to enter the U.S., World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Credit Union National Association (CUNA) are reducing administration charges for registrants unable to obtain visas to attend The 1 Credit Union Conference, July 11-14, in Las Vegas. WOCCU and CUNA are jointly producing The 1 Credit Union Conference this year only. The conference replaces CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference and WOCCU's World Credit Union Conference, both of which will return as individual events in 2011. Registrants for The 1 Credit Union Conference from outside the U.S. will be e-mailed a letter of invitation upon request from conference registrars once they pay their registration fees in full. The letter serves as proof of their intent and must be presented with their credentials at the U.S. Embassy or consulate in their home countries. “Since the attempted terrorist airline bombing on Christmas Day, it has become much more difficult to enter the U.S.,” said Dave Grace, WOCCU vice president of association services. “We recognize that fact and want to make it as painless as possible for potential attendees to obtain visas, as well as reduce administration charges for those who can't.” WOCCU and CUNA require payment prior to the letter being sent to ensure recipients truly intend to attend the conference and not enter the U.S. with other purposes in mind, Grace said. Attendees who register and pay their fees prior to the May 20 early bird deadline but are unable to get visas will have their full conference registration refunded minus a $100 processing fee. Attendees who register after May 20 but do not get their visa and cancel by June 11 will have their fees refunded minus a $200 processing fee. This year the refund deadline was extended to encourage attendees to register and start the visa process early. "Attendees who require a visa could be facing a lengthy process sometimes taking many months," said Grace. "We strongly suggest that those attendees begin the process as soon as possible." Attendees from many European countries, as well as those in far east Asia may be eligible for the Visa Waiver program. Residents of Canada and Bermuda require a passport, but not a visa, to enter the U.S. Residents of Mexico require a passport and a visa or a border crossing card. For more information, use the link.