Visa Information for International Attendees

Visa Information for International Attendees

Most travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport valid for at least six months longer than the intended visit. If you do need a visa, please understand that the visa application process may take several months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates. The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as three months, with processing taking an additional month or more. As soon as you decide to attend the meeting, you should begin the process of applying for a visa. Should you need an invitation letter, please understand that you either must be the presenting author of an accepted abstract to the Annual Meeting or must be registered and paid in full. Please email amsmtgs@ametsoc.org to request a letter of invitation once you've registered or received your abstract acceptance notification. Should your visa application not be accepted, we will be happy to refund your registration fee.

The United States has made some important changes to the US-VISIT program, which was instituted in 2004. The program now requires most foreign visitors to have a complete set of fingerprints taken along with a digital photograph to verify identity at consulates as well as the port of entry. Most Canadians are currently exempt from US-VISIT requirements. A departure confirmation program, as part of US-VISIT, is also now currently in place. This program applies to all visitors, including those from visa waiver countries.

United States Visa Information

Visa Appointment Wait Times

Hotels
Hotels

Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to book their reservations at AMS-contracted hotels to help the Society avoid penalties for not filling its hotel block.

Transportation
Transportation

There are many ways to get around Boston, including public transportation and transportation services such as taxis, rental cars, charter services, and ride-hailing services.

Visa Information for International Attendees
Visa Information for International Attendees

We recommend starting the process of applying for a visa as soon as you decide to attend the meeting.

Google Map of Boston
Google Map of Boston

Showing venues, hotels, transportation options, and more.

Restaurants Near the BCEC and Westin Waterfront
Visiting Boston

What to expect in Boston and how to make the most of your trip.

AMS Shuttle Bus

The AMS will provide shuttle bus service that will run on a continuous loop between the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and select hotels.

Teacher Travel Grant
Teacher Travel Grant

100 Years/100 Students Fund

In celebration of our 100th Anniversary, AMS has set a goal to send 100 students to our 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston. Donate today and help us fill up the plane with the next generation of scientists.

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