Through our partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee will work in collaboration with Team USA and the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority to facilitate the process for issuing U.S. visas for all athletes and participating officials in the 2021 World Transplant Games.

What is a U.S. Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.

Additional Information

  • A visa may be issued to an applicant up to 60 days before its effective date. It cannot be emphasized enough to start the application process as early as possible!
  • All U.S. visa applications are initiated and submitted on-line via the U.S. Embassy or Consulate web page where the applicant is located and interviewed. Each individual traveler must submit an application. Wherever possible the applications for an invited delegation should be coordinated as a group to help expedite and minimize confusion regarding the intended purpose of the visit.
  • Start the application process at least 120 days before expected travel dates.
  • Please visit to start the visa application process.
  • Once the visa application is completed, please do not forget to schedule a required interview.
  • The waiting period can take months, so PLEASE SCHEDULE EARLY!
  • Certain applicants may be subject to additional clearance requirements. It is important to note that this clearance process is in addition to and after the regular visa processing period, which includes an application and interview.

For any questions or assistance,  please contact  Meredith Pardue at