International Attendees

Join us for the world’s premier rheumatology meeting. Connect with a global community of rheumatology professionals and thought leaders from more than 100 countries. You will engage with 16,000+ 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 the purposes of 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 valued partners of the ACR/ARP.

Travel Visas

Applying For a Visa

If you need a visa to travel to the United States, we recommend you apply as early as possible, and at least four months before departure. Your consulate may have a backlog in scheduling visa interviews. Check visa appointment and processing wait times before you apply. For more information, visit the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

If your visa is not approved, ACR will issue a full refund if requested by (date to be announced). Please note, 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. You can personalize and print your letter by completing an online form letter (coming soon) . The letter may be helpful when you apply for a travel visa. If you a need to create personalized letters for family members, please enter each individual's information in a separate form letter. Alternatively, after you register for the meeting, the system will generate a letter of invitation.

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 “2020 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting” under purpose of visit.

Visa Waiver Program

If you are traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program you must submit an application via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA became mandatory on January 12, 2009. Your ESTA application must be submitted at least three days before your 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 that is valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the United States, unless exempted by country-specific agreements.

e-Passport symbolAs of April 1, 2016 all Visa Waiver Program visitors must have an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip. You can identify an e-passport by its 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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