Applying for a United States visa can be a lengthy process, and while we have no influence or role in the visa process, we do wish you to be aware of potential delays in the process. We recommend that you start early and begin the application process three to four months prior to travel. It is our hope that you will be granted temporary admittance into the U.S. to attend NRA Show 2018.

Visa Waiver Program

The United States has a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows eligible citizens of 36 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for a period of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. An approved ESTA is required to enter the United States and is generally valid for two years, or until the passport expires, and allows multiple entries into the U.S. VWP travelers are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.

Detailed information about admissions and entry to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program can be found on the DHS Customs Border Protection website at Visa Waiver Program and Admission to the United States.

Application Process

When applying for a visa to enter the United States, it is highly recommended that travelers apply early to allow enough time for the screening processes at their local U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Consular Services suggests travelers begin the visa application process at least three to four months prior to the date of travel; however it is also recommended that travelers contact the Consular Services of their local Embassy to fin out how long the wait is for an interview.

Obtain a Letter of Invitation

Acquiring a letter of invitation from the National Restaurant Association is a good idea. The letter of invitation should be presented to the Consular Officer during the visa interview as a supporting document. The National Restaurant Association cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing the national Association call the embassy or consulate on your behalf to provide support granting a visa.

If you are denied a U.S. visitor visa, you may reapply if there is new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal. In the absence of new evidence, consular officers are not required to re-examine such cases.

Follow these simple steps to obtain a Letter of Invitation from the National Restaurant Association.

Resources and Links

Want to find more information on traveling to the United States? Use anyone of the links below to search for more information on the process of obtaining a visa.


Please note: The National Restaurant Association does not officially endorse these sites and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.