Visa Information

International Travel

For international attendees and exhibitors, this section features your Letter of Invitation, VISA application form, and links to locate your U.S. Embassy. If you are an international visitor, be reminded that the United States government has instituted new, tighter visa requirements for non-immigrant applicants. This may lengthen the amount of time it takes to process your VISA application. As a result, get an early jump on your visa application process by obtaining all the necessary documentation. Whether you are an attendee or exhibitor, there are several things you must do in advance to prepare for your trip to the United States. Please review the tabs below to get the information you need.

Visa Info

Apply at least 90 days prior to departure.

The U.S. government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the U.S. The visa application process may increase the length of time required to receive your visa, so it is very important to apply for your visa at least 90 days prior to your departure. Please read through and follow the procedures provided on the U.S. Department of State website.

Obtaining a Letter of Invitation


Register for ISSA Show North America 2020. During the registration process international guests will be asked if they need a Letter of Invitation (select “Yes” or “No”).

Answer a series of questions and a Letter of Invitation will be sent to the e-mail address you entered during the registration process.

Print the Letter of Invitation by completing your registration and visiting your Registration Dashboard. You will then need to submit the letter along with your visa application to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

If you need a Letter of Invitation prior to registering for ISSA Show North America 2020, submit your request to registration and ISSA Show North America will generate a personalized letter for you.

Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for a maximum of 90 days without obtaining a visa. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. In addition, travelers must meet all requirements listed on the VISA Waiver Program website.

VWP travelers must present a machine-readable passport (MRP) at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa. To obtain a complete list of exempt countries and learn more, visit the Visa Waiver Program website.

Event Basics

 

Venue

The 2020 event will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL USA.

Time

Chicago is located in the Central Time Zone.

Weather 

Prior to traveling to Chicago for the event, you may wish to check the Chicago 10-day weather forecast.

Language

Sessions at ISSA Show North America are conducted in English and Spanish (upon request).

Tipping

Tipping in the U.S. is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis, and for any other services you receive.

Exchange Rate

Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. dollars.

Emergencies

Dial 911 from any phone.

Etiquette

Become familiar with American etiquette for private, public, and business interactions.

Attire

Attire at ISSA Show North America is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, you may wish to wear comfortable shoes, as walking distances in Chicago can belong.

Business Hours

Standard business hours are 9:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Telephone

U.S. country code: +1
Chicago area codes: (773), (312) & (872)
U.S. telephone numbers have ten digits total, which includes the area code and a seven-digit phone number (e.g.,702.555.1234)
To make a call, dial 1 + area code + seven-digit number
To call internationally from Chicago, dial "011" + country code + area code + number

Internet

Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections and Internet cafés are plentiful.

Chicago

Chicago is a city rich in culture and cuisine that welcomes visitors from around the world. Spend some time before or after ISSA Show North America exploring this exciting destination city. Consult the Convention & Visitors Bureau, Choose Chicago for ideas and resources.

Questions?

If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact us.