The following information should help assist you in your travel planning to the IMTS show. If you are an international visitor or exhibitor at IMTS, please be reminded that the United States government has instituted new, tighter visa requirements for non-immigrant applicants. This may lengthen the time it takes to process your visa application. Make sure you begin your visa application early and well in advance of your travel dates. It could take as long as two to three months to get your visa.

Letter of Invitation

The visa letter of invitation, though not required for the visa application, can assist as a supporting document. Present your letter of invitation to the Consular Officer during your visa interview. Please be sure to plan ahead for the next show and request your letter of invitation as much as 4-6 months in advance. For more accurate application processing times you should consult with your local U.S. consular website. Requests for Letters of Invitation will open up on February 1, 2016.

Visa Application and Interview Tips

General information that might help you through the visa process.

United States Visa Links

China to United States Visa Services

China Country Specific Information from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Visa Services specifically for travel from China to the United States.

Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program currently enables eligible citizens of 35 countries to enter the U.S. for tourism or business for a period of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Learn more about which countries are currently participating in the Visa Waiver Program.

OBIM - Biometrics

The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), formerly US-VISIT, applies to all visitors holding non-immigrant visas, regardless of country or origin. Visitors are photographed and fingerprinted upon arrival. The quick and efficient processes take a few seconds in most cases. Goals of the program are to enhance the security of citizens and visitors and facilitate legitimate travel and trade.

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