Offshore Technology Conference • 1-4 May 2017 • NRG Park • Houston, Texas, USA

International Attendees

Important: Give yourself as much time as possible to apply for and obtain your Visa. 

Traveling to the United States (US) involves additional advance planning. Please determine whether you will require a visa to enter the US and plan ahead. The following guidelines will assist you in obtaining a visa:

Official Invitation Letter

Please note: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the US. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit OTC to assist you in obtaining a visa. OTC will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can OTC contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.

Applying for a Visa

Review visa wait times and then visit your local US embassy or consular office website where you will apply for your visa. There you can find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees, and any other instructions.

Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, a quick fingerprint scan should be expected. Applicants who need additional screening are informed during the application process.

Prior to your scheduled interview date, you can complete the visa application online.

Passport Guidelines

For those traveling to the US without a visa from the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, an electronic passport (e-Passport) is required. Learn which countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
 
ESTA is Required: The Department of Homeland Security is now enforcing compliance of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requirement for VWP travelers. A valid ESTA approval is required for all VWP travelers who are entering the United States by air or sea.
 
If approved, the authorization is good for two years and can be renewed. Travelers no longer have to fill out an I-94W form before each trip.

Changes to VWP Program: Beginning January 21, 2016, nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of or who have traveled on or after 1 March 2011 to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process. Learn more about this new change and to determine if you are affected.
 
Please note that the aforementioned information is a general guideline for travel to the US. Because travel requirements may change, OTC recommends that attendees contact their local embassy to ensure they have proper documentation.

US Commercial Service International Buyer Program

Department of CommerceOTC is a proud participant of the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP).

Through the US Commercial Service’s network of offices in US Embassies and Consulates worldwide, the IBP recruits pre-screened foreign buyer delegations and brings them to selected trade shows, connecting US companies with international buyers.
Commercial Service trade specialists located in your local Embassy or Consulate can assist you with show registration, help you locate the products you are looking to purchase at the show, and assist in setting up meetings with you and US businesses.
 
Download the brochures: 

EXIM Bank
With export credit insurance, you can obtain financial due diligence on foreign buyers, agents and distributors you meet at the event, and because the insurance covers you against nonpayment by foreign buyers, you can offer credit terms up front and close the deal faster! 

 
If you’d like to meet with our EXIM Representative during Showtime Regional Export Counseling Meetings at OTC 2017, please click here.

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