Welcome to the PAS 2020 Meeting! You are about to embark on a wonderful experience. You are here to learn, network, and grow, and this guide is designed to help you arrive and thrive. This is a great opportunity for you to enhance both your personal and professional growth as a pediatric researcher. With can’t-miss experiences and key learning sessions, our journey map will help you navigate the meeting by laying out everything you need to know.
Each year, the PAS Meeting brings together thousands of physicians, researchers, and Allied health professionals from around the world to share research, explore new ideas, build career opportunities, establish meaningful connections, and experience the best the pediatric research field has to offer. Over 1,000 international attendees from 62 countries came to the meeting last year. Once you attend the PAS Meeting, you’ll want to come back again and again.
Why attend PAS? There are so many reasons, the latest scientific advancements in pediatric research, incredible networking opportunities with 8,300+ attendees, presenting your research and access to innovative technologies, products and services just to name a few!
Here are some helpful tips to help you arrive prepared, make the most of the meeting and maximize your experience after the meeting ends.
As the premier North American scholarly child health meeting, the PAS meeting is worth the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen and are planning to attend the PAS 2020 meeting, advance planning is critical.
Citizens of some foreign countries will need a visa to enter the United States and attend the ASH annual meeting. Because of U.S. State Department regulations, U.S. embassies and consulates may require a face-to-face interview for most non-immigrant visa applications. Therefore, you should apply for your visa at least three to four months before the annual meeting.
To schedule an interview for the visa application process, please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information, please visit travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.
Requesting a Letter of Invitation from PAS
If you would like to request an invitation letter from PAS for your visa application, you must first register and pay in full for the meeting. To obtain a visa invitation letter, have your registration email ready and visit here.
Visa Waiver Program and ESTA Authorization
Effective January 20, 2010, citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program may be unable to enter the U.S. without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. government.
For information on participating countries and to apply for ESTA authorization, please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta.