International Visitors

International Visitors

Trying to obtain an VISA to attend CONSTRUCT?
Please review the information below for details.

If you are an international visitor to the CONSTRUCT show, 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 at the CONSTRUCT show, you must do several things in advance to prepare for your trip. Generally, international travelers need a visa to enter the US. Travelers from certain eligible countries may be able to visit the U.S. without a Visa, through the Visa Waiver Program. View a list of VWP countries.

If you are from a country that does not participate in the VWP, you will need to make an appointment with your U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a Visa interview. Click to find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The turnaround time for most visa applications is 30 days, but in some cases may take considerably longer. It is recommended to apply for your visa two to three months before your scheduled trip in order to avoid delays in processing. You may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for current wait times.

Appropriate documentation, such as an Invitation Letter, can help demonstrate the purpose of your trip which is to attend and/or exhibit at this event and that you intend to return home.

  • International visitors may ONLY access the Letter of Invitation through the registration system once they have completed their registration for the show.
  • Only CONSTRUCT attendees and exhibitors qualify for the Letter of Invitation.
  • At the end of the registration process, go to the ConnectME Dashboard and click on the Visa Invitation Letter.  Your information will pre-populate the fields and you will be able to download the Letter of Invitation.
  • You may print your personalized letter and attach a copy of your CONSTRUCT show registration confirmation to use in your visa interview as supporting documentation from CONSTRUCT and/or Informa Exhibitions.
  • Emailed copies may be accepted but it is recommended that you review your U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for specific requirements. One final note: please make your hotel and travel arrangements in our official hotel blocks by visiting our official hotel vendor, Travel Planners.

One final note: please make your hotel and travel arrangements in our official hotel blocks by visiting our official hotel vendor, Travel Planners.

Useful Information Regarding the VISA Process:

Step 1: Request a Letter of Invitation when you register for CONSTRUCT (registration expected to open May 2015).

Step 2: Start preparing for your trip by downloading a VISA application form

Step 3: Find your U.S. Embassy or Consulate and apply for your VISA

Step 4: View International Travel Information

Unfortunately, CONSTRUCT and Informa Exhibitions U.S. Construction & Real Estate, Inc. have no influence over the issue of a VISA; therefore, we are not able to contact U.S. Embassies or Consulates in support or on behalf of an individual attempting to gain entry into the U.S. to attend CONSTRUCT.  Any specific questions should be directed toward your Embassy.

If you require a VISA Letter you must register and pay in full for CONSTRUCT.  Unfortunately, we won't be able to provide a letter prior to registration.  If you have questions about this process please contact us directly via email at help@constructshow.com.