You must be a registered Conference attendee and/or have an abstract that is officially accepted in order to receive a Letter of Invitation. Conference registration opens on January 15 and abstract notifications will be sent by February 14.
Canada’s entry rules have recently changed. All participants, including those from Europe, should check to see if a visa is required for entry.
Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time. Applicants should first consult the Government of Canada's visa appointment and processing wait times website. Processing time doesn’t include the time you need to give biometrics (see below for more details). Review your visa status now to determine if you need a Canadian visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and to find out how to schedule an interview appointment. Take your English-language CV to your consulate visa interview. The Conference management cannot intervene on your behalf.
Biometrics - Global ExpansionDepending on your nationality, you may be required to give your biometrics:
A visitor visa (also called a temporary resident visa) is an official document that will be attached in your passport. It shows that you meet the requirements needed to enter Canada. Most travelers need a visitor visa to travel to Canada. You may also need one if you’re transiting through a Canadian airport on your way to your final destination. You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. If you have any questions on the importation of goods related to your event please contact the International Events and Conventions Services Program (IECSP) at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).