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  • RSNA 2018
  • Visas and Travel to the United States

  • 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.

    Nearly 11,000 international attendees participated in RSNA 2017 and RSNA continues to invite radiologists from around the world to take part in our programs and resources. RSNA encourages all international travelers to the annual meeting and other educational programs to make travel plans as early as possible.

    What is the Latest News About Travel to the United States?

    The U.S. Department of State is the most trusted source for up-to-date information on visa and passport issues.

    Do I Need a Visa?

    Visa requirements vary based on national origin, current residence, previous travel, and passport eligibility.

    • The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa, when they meet certain requirements.
    • The Visa Wizard is a tool to help travelers understand what type of visa may be needed.

    How do I Apply?

    RSNA recommends that you apply for a visa as soon as travel is anticipated. Travelers will need to complete an application, provide a photograph, and may require an interview. Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country for specific application procedures and estimated wait times for interview appointments.

    Tips for Successful Visa Applications:

    • Apply Early! Apply at least 3 to 4 months before your planned travel date. Applying early allows time to apply again if your initial visa request is rejected.
    • Complete your application fully and accurately.
    • Present your entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of application.
    • Provide evidence that you intend to return to your country of residence, and/or binding or sufficient ties to your home country or permanent residence abroad.
    • Provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status, society membership and meeting registration.
    • If the Embassy requires an in-person interview, dress professionally and prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions. 
    • A visa invitation letter is not required for a visa application, but the information below may assist in describing the purpose of your trip:
      • The Radiological Society of North America is a not-for-profit medical society that provides high-quality, relevant and essential education in all radiologic subspecialties to radiologists around the world. The 104th RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting will be held November 25-November 30, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Each year, more than 50,000 medical and science professionals from around the globe attend the RSNA annual meeting. With more than 400 educational courses and several thousand scientific papers, scientific posters and education exhibits, the annual meeting offers an unparalleled educational opportunity. In addition, over 700 technical exhibitors will display state-of-the-art technology and the latest radiology products and services. By attending the annual meeting, you are demonstrating your commitment to enhancing your expertise in radiology and improving patient care. 

    What if My Visa Application is Denied?

    • The Embassy will explain the reason for denial to you. You may choose to reapply if time permits.
    • If you have already registered for RSNA 2018 and paid a registration fee, your fee will be refunded.
    • Participate in the RSNA Virtual Meeting to see live-streamed courses, participate in Cases of the Day, and view education exhibits and posters.

    Need Assistance?

    • Contact RSNA Headquarters at 1-630-571-7873 or customerservice@rsna.org.
    • CIBTvisas provides a full line of services to assist travelers in obtaining passports, visas, renewals and legalization documents. With offices around the world, CIBT will manage the application process on the traveler’s behalf. Fees vary based on complexity of application and are in addition to any government/consular fees due to the embassy.

    Last Updated April 4, 2018