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International attendees add greatly to the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners Annual Training Seminar.  If you do not live in the United States of America and wish to attend the AFTE Annual Training Seminar, you may need to secure a Nonimmigrant Visa.  Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past.  Due to the lengthy visa application/issuance process, you should request the Letter of Invitation as soon as you decide to attend the AFTE Annual Training Seminar.

Annual Meeting attendees who are citizens of Visa Waiver Program participating countries generally do not need a letter of invitation, however, AFTE is happy to provide a letter should you desire one.  For more information about the Visa Waiver Program, please visit the following U.S Department of State website.

If you determine that you need to apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa, or simply wish to receive a Letter of Invitation, please email reg.afte2018@gmail.com with the following information in your request:

  • First/Given Name
  • Last/Family Name
  • Salutation (examples – Mr., Ms., Dr.)
  • Passport #
  • Date of Birth (please spell out month)
  • Country of Nationality
  • Mailing Address

Please also include a short description of your current involvement in the forensic sciences.

Additional resources for information about the visa application process:

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Embassy
The National Academies