International Attendees

APS has registered its meeting with the Department of State, which should help you with your visa application.

Note: U.S. legislation requires foreign nationals to provide to air carriers a valid U.S. address during their stay prior to departure of their U.S.-bound flight. Most airlines require a passport number, as well as a valid U.S. address for the passenger’s stay, at the time of booking.

The U.S. has updated its visa policies to increase security for citizens and visitors, so the process of applying for your visa may have changed from the last time you applied or may take longer. If you have any difficulty obtaining a visa for the meeting, please report your case to the Department of State and specifically mention The American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting. Please visit www.unitedstatesvisas.us/ or http://travel.state.gov/visa for official information.

Visa Wait Times

The Department of State encourages you to apply for your visa as soon as possible. The U.S. government is working to expedite visa processing, however visas can take up to three months to obtain so we encourage you to plan ahead to avoid any delays. Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. Visa wait times are available at http://travel.his.com/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.

Letter of Invitation

Letters of Invitation are provided to international attendees after they have registered for the meeting. When a registration is successfully completed and paid, a confirmation e-mail is sent to the registrant from The Multisoft Group where a link is provided to the registration invoice/receipt. (Look for this confirmation e-mail in regular and junk e-mail files in case it is delivered there.)

On the invoice/receipt page of the registration there is an option for “Download Invitation Letter” on the left side of the page. Click on this link and print the invite letter.

More Information

The International Visitors Office is also a great resource for information about your visa. Visit http://nationalacademies.org/visas.

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