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From Tom Barber <tom.bar...@meteorite.bi>
Subject Re: Apache Big Data / ApacheCon conference Invitation Letter required for Non-US Citizens?
Date Fri, 06 May 2016 13:11:32 GMT
I mailed and asked Jillian and she resent me a mail that start with:

"


I am pleased to invite you (and confirm your registration) to
attend/participate in Apache: Big Data North America 2016 which will be
held May 9 - 12, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.

Apache: Big Data North America will gather together the Apache projects,
people and technologies working in Big Data, ubiquitous computing and data
engineering and science to educate, collaborate, and connect in a
completely project-neutral environment. It is the only event that brings
together the full suite of Big Data open source projects."


Which is supposedly what they meant.

On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 1:57 PM, Ate Douma <ate@douma.nu> wrote:

> On 2016-05-06 14:52, Marcel Offermans wrote:
>
>> Hello Ate,
>>
>> That same page [1] also contains a link to a page that allows you to
>> check what
>> travel documentation you need depending on your country of origin. If you
>> select
>> “Netherlands” there it states that an eTA is enough. So the notice you
>> quote is
>> as confusing to you as it is to me but so far I’m guessing we’re good to
>> go.
>> Some official confirmation would be nice though.
>>
>
> Thanks Marcel, that is useful info.
>
> See ya in Vancouver, Ate
>
>
>> Greetings, Marcel
>>
>> On 6 May 2016 at 14:41:01, Ate Douma (ate@douma.nu <mailto:ate@douma.nu>)
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Preparing for my trip to Vancouver tomorrow, I only now noticed the
>>> following
>>> on the event site [1]:
>>>
>>> "As of March 15, 2016, Canada requires all non-US citizens to have
>>> either a
>>> visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) AND an Invitation Letter
>>> from
>>> the conference to enter the country."
>>>
>>> It then goes on with providing a link to request such an Invitation
>>> Letter [2],
>>> but that ends up with the following text:
>>>
>>> "Visa letter requests are not currently being accepted. Please check back
>>> soon."
>>>
>>> I'm puzzled what this is all about and if such Invitation Letter is
>>> required
>>> indeed. And if so, how about getting one on a short notice?
>>>
>>> Note, I already did apply for and receive the ETA.
>>>
>>> Regards, Ate
>>>
>>> [1]
>>>
>>> http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/hotel-and-travel
>>>
>>> [2]
>>>
>>> http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/visa-request
>>>
>>>
>
>

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