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Visa and Travel Information

Here is some helpful information for International Visitors traveling in and out of the United States.

Letters of Invitation
If you require a letter of invitation for visa purposes, you must first register and submit payment for the Annual Meeting.  Once you receive confirmation of your registration, you may request a letter of invitation online. An official letter will be emailed to you. For questions about Visas please e-mail natalie.sorkin@apha.org.

Note: In the event that a visa application is denied and APHA is provided documentation confirming the denial, APHA will refund the registration fees in full.

U.S. Visa Information
Do you need a visa? You can now complete the visa application form online.

Things to do when applying for a visa to enter the U.S:

  • Apply for your visa EARLY! New screening processes are in place at all US Embassies that could lengthen your application processing time. The US Consular Services suggests you begin the visa application process at least 60 days prior to your travel date. You may call the Consular Section of your local Embassy to find out how long the wait time is to get an interview.
  • Show proof that you have strong ties to your home country. Proof of employment or business ownership are good examples of strong ties.
  • If possible, show proof that you have traveled internationally before and have returned within the time restrictions of your visa.
  • Present your visa letter of invitation to the Consular Officer during the visa interview. The visa letter of invitation, though not required for the visa application, can assist as a supporting document.

U.S. Visit Program
Please be aware that the US Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program currently applies to all visitors (with limited exemptions) holding non-immigrant visas, regardless of country of origin. The new procedure under US-VISIT is that the US Customs and Border Protection Officer now uses the inkless, digital fingerscanner to capture two of your fingerprints. The officer also takes your digital photograph. These procedures add only seconds to the overall processing time.

US-VISIT entry and exit procedures now include visitors traveling under the 
Visa Waiver Program arriving at or departing from airports and seaports. US-VISIT does not apply to U.S. citizens.

Additional Information about Visas to the U.S.