Letter of Invitation & Visa Application

Letter of Invitation

The Organizing Committee is offering assistance should you need a Letter of Invitation to facilitate the visa application process, or obtain authorization for your attendance of the conference. Please request a Letter of Invitation at least four (4) months prior to the meeting — six (6) months is preferred.  Letters of Invitation will be sent via EMAIL ONLY.  According to the U.S. State Department, an electronic letter should be acceptable for visa purposes. In the rare case where the U.S. Embassy to which you are submitting your visa insists on having a hard copy letter, we can mail a hard copy of the letter.  If you need a letter of invitation in order to attend the 2017 World Soybean Research Conference 10 please contact:
Kelley Atkinson
2017 WSRC 10
P.O. Box 2945
LaGrange, GA USA 30241
Telephone: 706.407.2265

Apply Early For Your Visa

Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Applying for a visa can be a lengthy process. We recommend that you start early and do not wait for your abstract acceptance. You should begin the application process four (4) to five (5) months before the World Soybean Research Conference 10 takes place in September 2017.  We cannot stress enough, how important it is to start this process early.
Requirements vary by passport-issuing country and citizenship (not just residency). Please remember that the visa decision is made by the U.S. Embassy (consular/visa section) in the country in which the person wishing to travel to the World Soybean Research Conference 10, is traveling FROM. (i.e., is currently working). For example, a citizen of China working in a lab in the United Kingdom needs to go to the U.S. Embassy in London. For the most current requirements and those specific to your situation, please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy or the U.S. Department of State Visa Services Information.
If you are initially rejected, you are advised to request a copy of the reason for the rejection in writing, and obtain the name and title of the person in charge of the visa process at that embassy. Please send this information with a request for further assistance to Kelley Atkinson, and we may be able help you.