Obtaining an International Travel Visa
Meeting attendees from countries that require a visa to enter the United States are reminded that the process of obtaining a visa takes a minimum of three months. You are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and begin the application process early.
MEETING INVITATION LETTERS
You may generate an official invitation letter for a specific meeting by visiting the appropriate meeting web site and selecting the "Visa Information" link found on the Housing and Travel page.
This link will contain instructions on how to generate a customized official invitation letter. Each letter can be personalized by simply typing in the current date, your name and address, along with other required information in the appropriate fields. Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa.
TMS cannot send the letter to an embassy or consulate for you, nor can we contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the U.S.
The U.S. State Department Web site includes visa information concerning temporary visitors to the U.S. that may be helpful to you.
Please note that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which is expected to be mandatory for
Visa Waiver Program travelers. Complete information is available on the Visa Waiver Program page of the U.S. State Department Web site.
TMS Members Only International Travel Resources
An extensive online library of tools is available on the TMS Members Only home page for help with acquiring a visa and preparing for travel to meetings or business events in the United States. Select "International Travel" from the tool bar on the left after logging in to access to articles and information, as well as links to official government and agency resources, updates, forms, and websites.
FOR MORE INFO...
TMS Meetings Department
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
184 Thorn Hill Road
Warrendale, PA 15086 USA
Telephone (724) 776-9000
Fax (724) 776-3770