International Attendees

Join us for Physiatry ‘21, the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) 2021 Annual Meeting. Connect with an intimate and influential community of physiatry and rehabilitation professionals at the premier academic physiatry meeting. You will engage with 1,500 colleagues to learn, network, and share perspectives.

Travel Visas

Applying for a Visa

If you need a visa to travel to the United States, we recommend you apply as early as possible, and at least four months before departure. Your consulate may have a backlog in scheduling visa interviews. Check visa appointment and processing wait times before you apply. For more information, visit the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

If your visa is not approved, the AAP will issue a full refund if requested by (date to be announced). Please note, the AAP or ISPRM do not provide financial support or cover expenses for attendees.

Letters of Invitation for Visa Applications

The AAP is pleased to provide a letter of invitation for those planning to attend Physiatry ‘21. You can personalize and print your letter by completing an online form letter (see instructions below). The letter may be helpful when you apply for a travel visa. If you a need to create personalized letters for family members, please enter each individual's information in a separate form letter. Kindly note: The AAP will not be able to contact or intervene with Embassy or Consulate offices on your behalf.

  1. Open the letter (if you don’t have Adobe Reader, download it for free)
  2. Type your information on the letter: date, recipient name and address, salutation
  3. Print or save the letter

Visa Issues

If you are experiencing significant visa delays, we encourage you to complete the National Academies Visa questionnaire, as they may be able to offer assistance. Enter “2021 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting” under purpose of visit.

Visa Waiver Program

If you are travelling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, you must submit an application via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA became mandatory on January 12, 2009. Your ESTA application must be submitted at least three days before your departure. Once approved, your ESTA is valid for a period of two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first, and allows for multiple trips to the United States without reapplying for another ESTA. Visa Waiver Program visitors are no longer required to complete the green I-94W card. ESTA is not a visa. Visitors traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA.


You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the United States, unless exempted by country-specific agreements.

As of April 1, 2016 all Visa Waiver Program visitors must have an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip. You can identify an e-passport by its unique international symbol on the cover.

Additional Information

As part of security procedures, many applications for visas are sent to the U.S. State Department for review. Because of the number of visas being processed and thorough reviews, this can take as long as 8 weeks, especially for countries that are on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List.

It is the traveler’s responsibility to check and confirm current visa requirements to enter the United States. To see if you require a visa, please visit Travel Without a Visa. The AAP cannot be held responsible for travelers that do not confirm their visa requirements or obtain the appropriate paperwork for travel to the conference. For additional information on traveling to the United States, consult these websites: