Obtain a Travel Visa

If you are traveling to the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition from a country that requires a visa to enter the United States, or if you are a citizen of a country from which a U.S. travel visa is typically required, use the resources below to request a visa letter and to learn more about travel visas in general. TMS recommends that presenters begin the visa application process as early as possible.

Request a Visa Letter

To request an official visa invitation letter for the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition, please choose a button below.

Visa requests are no longer available as this meeting has already taken place.


If you are neither a TMS member, nor a presenter, exhibitor, sponsor, or past attendee, then you must register and agree to attend the event for which the letter is requested.

Please note that this letter does not guarantee 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. It is crucial for the success of the application to apply at least three months in advance. TMS may contact program participants (abstract submitters) to follow-up on specific visa requirements and may provide customized letters and supporting documentation as needed.

Visa Application Process

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.

The U.S. State Department website includes visa information concerning temporary visitors to the United States 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 website.

Guest and Family Travel

Attendees from outside of the United States should visit http://travel.state.gov to learn if a B-1 Tourist visa is required for family members travelling to Phoenix. TMS can only provide letters of invitation for B-1 Business visa applications for travelers who will register and attend the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Conference Location

For your information, the addresses of the TMS conference venue (the Phoenix Convention Center) and the TMS headquarters hotel (the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel) are found below:

Phoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004 

Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004