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What is a U.S. Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

For more information on obtaining a visa, please use the Visa Wizard https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wizard.html

Additional Information
  • Visa may be issued to an applicant up to 60 days before its effective date. It cannot be emphasized enough to start the application process as early as possible!
  • All US visa applications are initiated and submitted on-line via the US Embassy or Consulate web page where the applicant is located and interviewed. Each individual traveler must submit an application. Wherever possible the applications for an invited delegation should be coordinated as a group to help expedite and minimize confusion regarding the intended purpose of the visit.
  • Start the application process at least 120 days before expected travel dates.
  • Click Here to start the visa application process.
  • Once the visa application is completed, please do not forget to schedule a required interview.
  • The waiting period can take months, so PLEASE SCHEDULE EARLY!
  • Last-minute visa interviews are rarely accommodated and there can be no guarantee that required clearances will be expedited.
  • Certain applicants may be subject to additional clearance requirements. It is important to note that this clearance process is in addition to and after the regular visa processing period, which includes an application and interview.
For any questions or assistance, please contact Meredith Pardue at mpardue@houstonsports.org
UNITED DISCOUNT

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to our upcoming event.

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426 – 1122

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

Visit www.united.com/meetingtravel and enter ZHG8466907 in the Offer Code box to receive your discount.

MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.

RENTAL CAR

National Car Rental & Enterprise Rent-A-Car are excited to have your convention visit our wonderful city and would like to extend a discount program to use because of our partnership with Visit Houston.  You are welcome to use this link anywhere in the United States at National or Enterprise.

BOOK YOUR RENTAL TODAY BY CLICKING HERE!!

We have over 160 locations throughout Houston and Beaumont with over 35,000 cars, vans, and trucks.  This extended coverage allows us to handle your convention needs, no matter the size.  We work with a large number of businesses and hotels in the Houston area and can offer a variety of creative ways to work with your group. Our convention discount program provides cost saving across the US to ensure everyone saves regardless of where they rent.

  • Discounted Rates nationwide – please feel free to rent near home and drive to Houston or fly here and rent at the airport
  • Onsite at both of the Houston airports (Hobby and Intercontinental)
  • Delivery/pick up options to downtown Houston hotels for VIP’s (payment required in advance)
  • Large Trucks – 26 Ft Box/Stake Bed, 16 Ft Box/Stake Bed, Cargo Vans (moving product for your convention, includes lift gates and can back up to loading docks)
  • Over 150 different makes and models of vehicles

Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise available throughout Houston (including airports)