Attendees from China are required to obtain a visa to enter the United States. A letter of invitation will be automatically generated from your registration information within 5 – 7 business days.

  • Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa.
  • All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided during registration.
  • If you want a hard copy of the letter, it can be sent through Federal Express with the recipient’s Federal Express account number or credit card number with an expiration date. Please indicate this during the registration process.

For the State Department’s Site in Chinese with information about the Visa process:

To apply for your visa:

Other Online Resources

U.S. Customs and Border Information

U.S. State Department Visa Information

Department of Homeland Security

National Academies International Visitors Office

The Summit Management Office is not able to contact U.S. embassies or consulates in support of an individual attempting to gain entry into the host country to attend the conference.

If your visa is delayed or denied, please contact the consulate where your application is being processed. Review Visa Denials for detailed information about visa ineligibilities, denials, and waivers.

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