January 30 – February 1, 2018
Conference: January 30 – February 1
Exhibits: January 31 – February 1
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center • New Orleans, LA

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International Attendees

The Special Event Welcomes Attendees From Over 56 Countries

Each year hundreds of international visitors visit The Special Event (TSE), taking advantage of the world's best event education, attending the showcasing events, and looking for the chance to see products from over 200 events products companies. Join over 5,000 fellow event professionals at TSE to discover the very la even trends and ultimately help your business grow.

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Are You Prepared for Travel to The United States?

The U.S. government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the United States. The visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa, so it is very important to apply for your visa at least 90 days prior to your departure. The information below provides important links and details that should make the process easier for you. Please contact ISSA if you need assistance!

Visa Letter of Invitation from TSE

Once you have registered for TSE, Visa letter may now be requested as part of your registration process. Upon completion of your registration, you will be asked if you require a Visa Invitation letter. Once you submit the required information it will be available to print immediately. If you are unable to obtain a visa we will issue a full refund without charging the cancellation fee.

Information on visas and travel restrictions at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate home pages.

If you have questions about visas and other travel restrictions, check with your local U.S. consulate or visit the U.S. Embassy and Consulate home page

Visa Waiver

A U.S. visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a United States port of entry and request admission into the U.S. from a U.S. Immigration Inspector. Since September 11, visa applications have been subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. The timeframes for visa processing today are difficult to predict with accuracy for any individual applicant and could vary significantly by country. Advance planning on the part of travelers is essential to receive a visa in time for proposed travel dates to the United States.
Helpful Tips When Applying for Your Visa

  • Review the U.S. Department of State Web site https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html
  • Apply for your visa as early as possible and at least 90 days prior to your departure date. Make this a priority.
  • Obtain a Letter of Invitation from ISSA (see directions below).
  • Check your passport expiration date to make sure it will be valid for at least six more months.
  • If you already have a visa, check the expiration date to make sure it will not expire before your trip is completed.

Requesting a Letter of Invitation From TSE

  • First, you must register online at www.thespecialeventshow.com
  • International guests will be asked if they need a Letter of Invitation. You will have the option to select "Yes" or "No"
  • The registration system will ask you a series of questions and generate a Letter of Invitation.
  • You can print the letter by completing your registration and visiting your "ConnectME Registration Dashboard" and submit it along with your visa application to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

Please Note

  • Complete one request for each person requiring a Letter of Invitation.
  • Only requests submitted via the online registration system will be processed. Obtaining a Letter of Invitation from TSE will not guarantee that you will be approved for a visa. The letter is merely supplementary information that explains a visa applicant's intended purpose to travel. U.S. Embassy officers look at the totality of an applicant's personal situation in determining visa eligibility.

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