After identifying that a visa is needed, foreign travelers should contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in their country to determine visa processing timeframes. We recommend contacting the Consular Section via the Internet at http://usembassy.state.gov. Look for posted timeframes on the Internet or call the Consular Section to hear recorded information about visa processing timeframes. The State Department’s recommended first source of up-to-date visa information is its Web site, http://travel.state.gov/visa.
Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo (HPBExpo) recommends following these guidelines for getting a visa for entry into the United States:
- Request a letter of invitation to attend the Expo at least four (4) months prior to the meeting. You must finish the registration process and payment in order to receive the visa invitation letter from HPBExpo.
- Apply early. The visa application process takes three to four months to complete.
- Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of visa application.
If completion of travel plans is contingent upon early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.Register Now