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International Travel

What Do I Need?

Use this ESTA eligibility checker to determine whether you are eligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa and eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Travelers from VWP countries must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval before travel.

Do I need a Visa or ESTA?

For Visitors in Need of a Visa

If you need a visa, you will need to apply for the right kind of visitor visa. It is normally a B1* visa: Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference for a business visit.

*Please check current visa categories and requirements with the U.S. State Department.

The application process varies by location and can take up to four months to get an interview date. Contact your local consulate as soon as possible to request an interview date, and reach out to them for any other questions.

HIMSS cannot intervene on behalf of the invitee with the Embassy or U.S. Consulate via fax, phone, surface mail, or email. The U.S. State Department provides information on traveling to the United States regarding passports, international travel, and visas.

Letter of Invitation

Registration must be completed and paid in full before a Letter of Invitation may be requested.

Please be ready to provide your complete official name, physical address, email address, and registration confirmation number.

Request a Letter of Invitation

The Letter of Invitation will ONLY be sent by email to the email address that you provide. It cannot be emailed or sent to the Embassy or U.S. Consulate.

If your visa application is denied, please inform HIMSS and send cancellation requests to gandrew@executivevents.com in writing that you wish to cancel your registration. You must attach a copy of your visa denial.

A full refund will be issued if the cancellation notice is received by Friday, May 10, 2019. No refunds will be made for cancellation requests received after the refund date.

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