International Visitors to the APA Convention

APA Letter of Invitation

Convention attendees can download and print a letter of invitation (PDF, 36KB) to the annual convention. If you need a letter in order to verify your participation in the convention, or to submit with an application for a visa, the Office of International Affairs will personalize this letter for you. To request a personalized invitation letter, send an email to the International Office. Please put "APA INVITATION LETTER" in the subject line.

Convention Documentation

If you have an accepted presentation at convention, you will receive a schedule card from the convention office that can be used as documentation of presentation at the meeting. You may also request a letter indicating your program has been accepted from the Division program chair to which you submitted your abstract.

Registration Confirmation: Once you have registered for the meeting, you can also bring your registration confirmation paperwork to your visa interview.

If you have any questions, please address them to: International Office, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 USA (Tel: 202-336-6025; Fax: 202-336-5812; or send an email to the International Office).

Preparing for Convention

After you complete your visa application, it is time to prepare to travel to the APA convention. Transportation, hotel information and registration details will be posted on the APA convention website.

It is strongly recommended to complete your hotel reservations and register for convention through the APA online system before the deadlines in order to save money and be assured the proper accommodations.

Travel Awards: In general, APA does not provide financial support for meeting participants. Airfare, ground transportation, hotel, meals, travel insurance and any other local expenses are the responsibility of each meeting participant. However, limited assistance is available for international affiliate attendees and for students.

At Convention

To help orient yourself while at convention please visit the International Booth (this is APA's Office of International Affairs booth and is situated with the other APA department booths just outside the exhibit area). The APA department booths offer information about APA activities and about convention events.

During convention, you are also cordially invited to the International Reception. This event will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in a local hotel and is listed in the program book under "Social Hours." Please attend this reception to meet colleagues and find friends. 

APA's Div. 52 (International) typically has a hospitality suite that welcomes international visitors. The location of that suite will be posted at the convention site. Be sure to also attend the social hours of divisions that reflect your scholarly/research interests. These social hours will be listed in the program book and offer a good opportunity to meet colleagues with similar interests.