International visitors are highly encouraged to attend IFAI Expo. This is the only event in the Americas that gives you access to a global network of leading suppliers and producers in the textile manufacturing industry.


Gain valuable insights about advances in textile products, materials, technologies, design initiatives, production techniques and marketing strategies

Create new and consistent alliances

Start planning now for your visit to New Orleans and have your visa well in advance of your travel. These steps will help you plan ahead:

  1. Review your visa status; find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal. The photograph format required for the nonimmigrant visa has changed. This format is similar to that required for U.S. passport processing.
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  2. Review the visa wait times for interview appointments and visa processing information at each embassy and consular section worldwide.
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  3. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions. An interview at the embassy or consulate is required for most visa applicants. Expect a quick fingerprint scan as part of the visa interview. You will be informed if additional screening is required.

Visa Letter of Invitation

Visitors may require a letter of invitation from IFAI Expo 2017 organizers to support your visa application. Registration and payment in full is required prior to visa letter request processing.

Once you have registered and paid in full for the upcoming event, please submit a visa letter of invitation request using the form below. Please Note: the form is no longer available as the request deadline has ended. Please contact Jennifer Fisher at for any additional information.

You will be required to fill out your information as it appears on your passport. You will need to submit one request per person.

You will receive a confirmation via email when your submission is received, and once your request is processed and approved, we will send a PDF of the letter to you via email. If you require a hard copy of the letter, please provide a Federal Express account number to cover the cost of shipping. We are not able to contact individual embassies in support of any individual trying to obtain a visa.