INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS

The Athletic Business Show is registered with the Visa Services Office and is now listed under the U.S. Department of State – Intranet Listing for Conferences in the United States. This list does not expedite or waive visa procedures but serves as a communication tool for Department of State Embassies and Consulates Worldwide.

The Letter of Invitation is not a requirement in the instructions for the visa application but stands as a good source of supporting documentation. You can apply for a Letter of Invitation from the page: Apply for a Letter of Invitation. Athletic Business is NOT able to provide advice or specific visa information.

From the U.S. Department of State

Coming to the U.S. – Visa Related Information for Prospective International Attendees

A U.S. visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a United States port of entry and request admission into the U.S. from a Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigration officer. Since September 11, visa applications have been subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. The timeframes for visa processing today are difficult to predict with accuracy for any individual applicant and could vary significantly by country and visa applicant.

For the 38 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, citizens meeting the visa waiver criteria will not need a visa, but they must have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. For more information on these requirements, please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.

Citizens of Canada traveling to the United States do not require a nonimmigrant visa, except in certain instances. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/canada-bermuda.html for more information.

Advance planning can smooth the visa application process for you.
Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!

Important steps to remember:

  1. Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.
  2. Review the Visa Wait Times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available on our website. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions.
  3. Plan on an interview, as well as quick inkless fingerprint scans at the U.S. embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Applicants are advised when they apply.

How to Apply for a Visa & More Web Site Information

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html is the primary source for current visa information.

Good Luck! We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Athletic Business Show in Orlando, Florida.