Meetings & Events

MRS meetings and workshops draw attendees from around the globe. This page includes information and links to help ensure smooth travel to an MRS meeting.

Note: If you have submitted an abstract for an upcoming meeting or workshop, please request your invitation letter as soon as possible so that you have enough time for the visa application process. MRS does not recommend waiting for abstract status notification before requesting an invitation letter. Learn more about requesting a letter.

International Travel Resources

  • Electronic System for Travel Authorization
    ESTA requires all international travelers from Visa Waiver Program countries to register in an online database. The online travel authorization is easy to use and available in more than 16 languages. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel; however, DHS recommends that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel.
  • Invitation Letter
    International attendees of MRS meetings often need a letter of invitation from MRS in order to obtain a visa to visit the U.S. Learn how to request a letter from MRS.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa
    Instructions on applying for a nonimmigrant visa from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Embassies in China
  • Visa Information
    Information on applying for a visa to visit the United States
  • Other International Travel Resources
    A list of resources aimed at ensuring international attendees are familiar with the very latest U.S. passport and visa regulations

General Travel Resources