Edge2014 - Apply for a visa
Interested in attending Edge2014? Find out how to request an invitation letter to apply for a VISA to enter the United States and attend Edge2014.
It is the requestor’s responsibility to determine the type of visa they need to apply for, allow ample time to complete the application and ensure compliance with the parameters of the type of visa obtained, for their visit to the United States to attend this conference. By submitting the request for an invitation letter, the requestor agrees to this.
To request an invitation letter, please use the following steps:
- Send an email from your employer/business email account that matches the name on your passport.
- Have the subject line read: STGCONF - Visa Invitation - NAME - COMPANY/ORGANIZATION and personalize the fields in caps
- Copy the text under “Information to send in the request” below, insert the responses and send to IBMEdge2014@omnienceevents.com
Send one request per email and from the employer/business email address that matches the requestor’s name and place of employment. Requests from email accounts @gmail, @yahoo, etc. cannot be processed without additional validation and possible delay. Please use a business email ID where possible.
For accuracy, the request should come directly from the traveler. If someone makes a request on behalf of the traveler, the traveler's business email ID must be copied on the request.
IBM employees must follow additional IBM travel guidelines/policies in their country of employment/residence. All IBM employees are required to run an Immigration Determination Tool (IDT) assessment for each trip, even if traveling between countries that participate in the visa waiver program, and provide the approval number and a copy of the approval in the invitation letter request (not as an attachment). Visit the "Travel" page on the internal network to link to the “Cross-Border” webpage and the IDT. Searching “IDT” on your internal home page should also bring you to the tool.
If you already have a visa to enter the U.S., and are requesting a letter to show the customs agent at your U.S. point of entry, the confirmation email of your enrollment should be sufficient. Please have a printed copy of that with your travel papers along with a printed copy of the conference agenda for additional backup.
The invitation letter will be sent as a .pdf file via email to you within 3 business days of receiving the completed information requested below. We request physical mailing address to properly address the letter; however, nothing is physically mailed. We regret we cannot provide visa invitation letters for additional family members not attending the conference or for additional dates beyond the duration of the conference. It is recommended that you have a printed copy of the invitation letter and of the conference agenda with you when traveling to the conference.
Information to send in the request:
I am requesting a visa invitation letter to secure the necessary travel papers to attend IBM Edge2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 19-23, 2014. I am providing the necessary information below.
Clients & Business Partners and other Non-IBM employees please send:
IBM India employees:
Please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the event name and dates you are attending. No additional information is needed in your initial request. You will be sent the next step.
Other IBM employees please send:
Note: Please state first and surnames as stated on your passport and use text for the month (e.g., Jan) to ensure formatting consistency.