International Travel and Visas
Conference Attendees and Exhibitors: Plan Ahead and Start the Visa Application Process Immediately!
Reference Web Sites:
U.S. DEPT. OF STATE, TRAVEL INFORMATION
For foreign citizens traveling to the United States, visit www.travel.state.gov
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, VISA INFORMATION
Do you need a visa? If so, visit this Web Site: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html
Avoid Delays: Request a Letter of Invitation and apply for your visa as soon as possible.
Complete this online form to request a letter of invitation.
Important steps to remember:
Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal. Depending on your country of origin, you may qualify for the Visa Waiver Program (see https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html)
Review the visa wait times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html Visit the embassy or consular section web site where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions.
Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, a quick fingerprint scan should be expected. Applicants who need additional screening are informed during the application process.
As soon as you submit an abstract to make a presentation in the technical program, submit a booth application to exhibit or register to attend the conference, complete the ONLINE LETTER OF INVITATION REQUEST FORM to request an official letter of invitation (LOI). If you do not immediately receive a confirmation of your LOI submission, contact Jacque Matanis firstname.lastname@example.org or Frank Zimone email@example.com for assistance. You will need this letter of invitation to accompany your application for a visa, which you must take with you to the interview with the embassy in your country. The whole process can take at least four months depending upon your country of residence.
See the appropriate links at www.travel.state.gov for more information about visas required for temporary visitors to the U.S.
SVC has an International Freight Forwarder to assist exhibitors to ship equipment into the United States.