International Attendees

Join us for the world’s premier rheumatology meeting, ACR Convergence 2022. Connect with a global community of rheumatology professionals and thought leaders from more than 100 countries. You will engage with 15,000+ colleagues to learn, network, and share perspectives from all over the world.

A Message to the Rheumatology Community

The American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ACR/ARP) supports the open interchange among clinicians, scientists, and students from around the world for education, training, scientific work, and provision of healthcare. These activities support the care of our patients and are essential for advancing knowledge of rheumatic diseases. We reaffirm this fundamental value to our international members and colleagues as partners of the ACR/ARP.

Travel Visas

Applying for a Visa

If you require a visa to travel to the United States, we recommend applying at least four months before your departure. Consulates typically have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews and check visa appointment and processing wait times before you apply. For more information, visit the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

If you purchased a registration and the visa was denied, the ACR will change the registration to a virtual pass. Please note, that the ACR does not provide financial support or cover expenses for attendees.

Letters of Invitation

The ACR is pleased to provide a letter of invitation for those planning to attend ACR Convergence 2022. Personalize the letter by completing the fields and when complete, print the letter and attach it to the visa application documentation.

Visa Issues

If you are experiencing significant visa delays, we encourage you to complete the National Academies Visa questionnaire, as they may be able to offer assistance. Enter “ACR Convergence 2022” under the purpose of the visit.

Visa Waiver Program

If you are traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you must apply via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). Applications must be submitted at least three days before departure. Once approved, your ESTA is valid for a period of two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first, and allows for multiple trips to the United States without reapplying for another ESTA. Visa Waiver Program visitors are no longer required to complete the green I-94W card. ESTA is not a visa. Visitors traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA.


You must have a passport valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the United States unless exempted by country specific agreements under the Visa Waiver Program.

e-Passport symbolVisitors must have an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip and can be identified by the unique international symbol on the cover.

Fellows in Training from Developing Countries

If you are a fellow in training from a developing country, as determined by the World Bank, you are eligible for complimentary registration. Visit the Registration page for more information.

International Group Travel Packages

For information on international group travel and housing, visit the Group Registration and Hotels page.

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