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    • RSNA 2017
    • Visas

    • RSNA is deeply committed to serving all of our members and supporting the vital work being done in North America and abroad to further advance the science of radiology. The pursuit and exchange of science and education is an important part of our goal to improve patient care. RSNA continues to invite radiologists from around the world to take part in our programs and resources.

      RSNA encourages all international travelers to the RSNA annual meeting and other educational programs to make travel plans as early as possible and follow the visa/travel tips below.

      Request a Visa Letter

      Useful Visa and Travel Websites

      Tips for Successful Visa Applications

      • APPLY EARLY! Apply at least 3 to4 months before your planned travel date. Applying early allows time to apply again if your visa is initially rejected.
      • If the embassy requires an in-person interview, dress professionally.
      • Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer.
      • When possible, provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status, society membership and/or meeting registration. If you pay for registration and your visa is later denied, RSNA will refund your registration fee.
      • Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they intend to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should provide proof of binding or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in the visitor's home country.
      • Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application.
      • All applicants must be able to qualify for a visa on their own merits under the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

      Change in Policy for U.S. Visa Waiver Program:

      Enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. As of April 1, 2016, travelers using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must have an e-Passport, which includes an embedded electronic chip. An e-Passport has a unique symbol on the cover.

      Additionally, international travelers should be aware of a change in policy regarding the VWP. Travelers in the categories below are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the VWP.

      • Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011.
      • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen.

      These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. For more information, go to cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/visa-waiver-program.