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Important Visa Information for International Registrants
Visa Information Letter
Begin your visa application process as soon as possible. Consulates in some countries take several months to process applications.
Invitation letters will be available only after your registration has been confirmed. You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of Scientific Sessions 2015.
Attendance Verification Documentation
There are two types of verification generated through the registration process:
- Official Letter of Invitation for Meeting Attendees: This letter will be generated only after your registration has been confirmed. You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of Scientific Sessions 2015.
- Registration Confirmation: Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that you can refer to during your visa interview.
If your visa application to attend Scientific Sessions 2015 is pending after 45 days and you feel you are at risk to miss the conference, report your case to the National Academies. Complete the questionnaire (opens in new window) and answer the question "Purpose of Visit" by typing "AHA Scientific Sessions 2015" to help the National Academies identify you as an AHA Scientific Sessions 2015 meeting participant.
Registration Refunds Due to a Visa Denial: Visa processing may require long lead times. Please plan accordingly! We highly recommend you apply for the U.S. visa three to four months in advance. If your visa has been denied and you would like to be considered for registration refund, please make sure you have either an official denial document from the U.S. consulate or a stamped copy of your application form, showing the date when you applied and the date your visa application has been denied.
- Between Oct. 26, 2005 and Oct. 25, 2006, and includes a digital photograph, or
- Before Oct. 25, 2005, and includes a machine-readable area.
If you were issued a passport on or after Oct. 26, 2006, and it is not an e-Passport, you will need to obtain a visa waiver to attend Scientific Sessions 2015: US Visa Waiver Program (opens in new window)