Prior to requesting a Letter of Invitation, you MUST be registered for the Athletic Business Show as one of the following: Exhibitor, Full Conference attendee or Expo Only attendee. Registration will open Feb. 14. Once your registration is approved, we will process your request for a Letter of Invitation within two weeks.
AB 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. AB Show is NOT able to provide advice or specific visa information.
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.
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.
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 visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html.
Citizens of Canada and Bermuda traveling to the U.S. do not require a nonimmigrant visa, except in certain instances. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/citizens-of-canada-and-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:
- Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal.
- 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.
- 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.