As many of us have experienced, visa applications can be a source of anxiety when traveling for any reason, and ISA wants to help ease that burden as much as possible. To this end, we are committed to releasing the ISA 2023 program on September 15 to allow people enough time to submit visa applications. Applications can take anywhere from 12-23 weeks to obtain.
ISA 2023 has registered with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and our “event code” will be in every Letter of Invitation for the convention. You must be on the program to receive a letter of invitation. Any person receiving an ISA travel grant will receive an individualized Letter of Invitation, which will also include your ISA Travel Grant amount, which will help with your visa application. Letters of Invitation will be available for download from your Participation Hub in ISAnet once you have completed convention registration.
We encourage all attendees to begin reviewing the Canada visa application (https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/about-visitor-visa.html) to make sure everyone is knowledgeable about necessary requirements and available help. You can find links to the IRCC and other information prior to the ISA 2023 program release at: https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/ISA2023/Travel
ISA is also taking part in the Visa Barrier Project (https://visabarrier.ca/public/) which is a project run out of the University of Ottawa, so if you do have issues, please contact Jennifer Fontanella at HQ at VisaIssues@isanet.org, and we can make sure to include your information.
ISA will continue to work with the Canadian government to ensure ISA 2023 attendees receive the most up-to-date information on the visa process. We will have more information in our September newsletter as well as once the program is released.