ASCP welcomes the world to Tampa, Florida
If you're an international guest, count on us to help make your trip to the Annual Meeting simple and successful. This is your resource for assistance with travel plans, documentation and all the details of coming to America for three days of learning and networking with colleagues from across the globe.
ASCP Welcomes Our International Guests!
We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 ASCP Annual Meeting. As you plan your trip to the Annual Meeting, please visit our web site often for the latest information about educational sessions, social events, pre- and post-meeting tours, and breaking news as we continue to plan an outstanding educational and social program for all guests.
A trip to the United States may require additional planning. All visa applicants are advised to apply for their visas as soon as possible for travel to the United States and no later than 3-4 months in advance of the Annual Meeting.
General Meeting Information
2014 ASCP Annual Meeting
October 8-10, 2014
Tampa Bay Convention Center
Tips for Successful Visa Applications
- 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.
- 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.
If you must apply for a temporary non-immigrant visa to the 2014 ASCP Annual Meeting, you are advised to apply as soon as travel to the United States is contemplated and not later than 3-4 months in advance.
ASCP offers an official letter of invitation for 2014 ASCP Annual Meeting attendees. The letter of invitation, though not required for the visa application, can assist as a supporting document. Present this letter of invitation from ASCP to the consular officer during the visa interview. This letter by no means guarantees admittance into the U.S., but can provide compelling evidence for immigration officials to consider. Please note that ASCP cannot intervene with either U.S. embassies abroad or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any participant.
To request a personalized invitation letter — please fill out the Letter of Invitation Request form and submit the form via email to 2014AnnualMeetingRequest@ascp.org. The deadline for requests is August 1, 2014. Requests will be processed within 10 business days after receipt of payment for the 2014 ASCP Annual Meeting and the completed Letter of Invitation Request form.
Please remember to include your email address on the form as this is where the personalized letter will be sent.
A full refund will be issued for cancellations received in writing no later than August 30, 2014. Refunds are not issued for cancellations received after August 30, 2014. ASCP reserves the right to cancel a program due to circumstances beyond its control or for insufficient registration. Registrants will be notified immediately and allowed obtain a full refund. The Society is not responsible for penalties incurred as a result of cancelled transportation. Please notify us in advance by contacting ASCP Customer Service at 800.267.2727, option 2; or 312.541.4890 (Illinois and US); or www.ascp.org/feedback.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) 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.
For more information go to travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html and click Visa Waiver Program.
Travel Approval Required for Visa Waiver Countries
As of January 12, 2009, a valid ESTA approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP. It collects the same information as the paper I-94W form that VWP travelers fill out en route to the United States. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. An ESTA authorization generally will be valid for up to two years. Authorizations will be valid for multiple entries into the United States. DHS recommends that travelers submit an ESTA application as soon as they begin making travel plans. Learn more about ESTA.
- Effective January 20, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security is transitioning to enforced compliance of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requirement for VWP travelers. Therefore, VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States.
- Beginning September 8, 2010, US Customers and Border Protection will charge $14 for all new or renewed ESTA. The fees include a $4 administrative fee and a $10 travel promotion fee established by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. More information regarding this fee can be found at http://www.cbp.gov/.