to Non-Residents Entering the United States or Canada
to Attend PDI Seminars
For seminars held in Canada
For PDI Seminars Held in the United states
As a candidate interested in participating in a PDI Seminar held in the United States, you must have a passport that will be valid beyond the duration of your visit to the United States. Check with the nearest U.S. embassy for visa requirements. A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not participate with the Visa Waiver Program and may take at least 3 months to obtain. PDI seminar participants should apply for a Business B-1 Visa.
Please note that we do not arrange visas for participants; but, upon completion and full payment of your registration, we provide a letter confirming that you have registered and paid to attend the conference.
How to Obtain a Visa
You must complete the online visa application and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview along with PDI letter confirming your registration.
The U.S. embassy or consulate will determine whether you qualify for the visa. Therefore, it is important to demonstrate that:
Important: Travelers using the Visa Waiver Program must also have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval before they travel.
- The purpose of your trip is to enter the United States temporarily for business or pleasure
- You plan to remain for a specific and limited period;
- You have evidence of funds to cover expenses while in the United States;
- You don't reside in the United States;
- You have binding ties that will ensure your departure at the end of the visit;
- You have a printed copy of the seminar description from PDI website. It is also desirable to have with you a copy of your pre-reading document, if prescribed by the workshop leader;
- You have a copy of your receipt showing the full payment for the seminar's tuition fees.
- You have an invitation letter from The Professional Develoment Institute (PDI) confirming your registration to the seminar;
- You have the name of PDI contact. If you arrive on a week day (Monday through Friday), during working hours, please indicate the contact names of Sylvia Richard at 819-772-7777. The letter of confirmation will provide you with a staff member name and private phone number for off-hour use only by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in the case of an emergency.
As part of the visa application process, an interview at the embassy consular section is required for visa applicants, with a few exceptions.
NOTE: Proof of purchase of an airline ticket is not an item requested by the embassy to document your itinerary for your trip. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you are in receipt of the passport.
- Applicants should be able to answer specific and detailed questions related to their purpose of travel, business dealings with the inviter, and their general business relations (as appropriate, depending on their job responsibilities).
- Applicants should be able to provide a complete travel itinerary and PDI workshop schedule.
- Applicants who claim to have existing relationships with their inviters or other U.S. entities, should provide clear proof of these relationships. For instance, through purchase orders, correspondence, letters of invitation, etc.
Applicants should be able to explain how the applicant’s visit will be funded.
Find U.S. embassies and consulates
Visa appointment and wait times for interview in your home country
Frequently asked questions
Please note that this information is given in good faith but that the regulations may change. Visit the official webpage of the U.S. Department of State for accurate and authoritative information.
Each traveler must satisfy the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) officer that she/he is a genuine visitor who meets all entry requirements. This process includes primary interviews and secondary examinations. In accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the border services officer must be satisfied that the foreign national is authorized to enter Canada and will leave by the end of the period authorized for their stay; that they are not inadmissible for financial or health reasons and have made adequate arrangements for care and support while in Canada.
For Seminars Held in Canada
The following documentation will assist the officer in making a decision on admissibility (CSBA may request further information).
- A passport that will be valid beyond the duration of your visit to Canada
- If applicable, a temporary resident visa. IMPORTANT: If you need a visa, please apply early with your passport and all the documents specified below. Visa applications can take several weeks to process.
- Proof that you have sufficient money for both your stay in Canada and for your return;
- Evidence of return travel (a return ticket from Canada);
- Proof of accommodation for the duration of your stay in Canada such as your hotel confirmation (Hotel Accommodation for out-of-town participants). If you plan to stay in a private home, you must bring a dated and signed note confirming the invitation and indicating the host's name and first name, residential address, and day and evening phone numbers.
- A printed copy of the seminar description from www.executive.org. It is also desirable to have with you a copy of your pre-reading document, if prescribed by the workshop leader;
- A copy of your receipt showing the full payment for the seminar's tuition fees;
- A support letter from The Professional Develoment Institute (PDI) confirming your registration to the seminar;
- The name of PDI contact in Canada. If you arrive on a week day (Monday through Friday), during working hours, please indicate the contact names of Sylvia Richard at 819-772-7777. The letter of confirmation will provide you with a staff member name and private phone number for off-hour use only by Canada Border services Agency in the case of an emergency.
Further information on temporary residents of Canada, may be found on the website www.cic.gc.ca.
Executive-development seminars scheduled in Canada are held at our main campus:
70 Technology Boulevard
Gatineau, QC J8Z 3H8 Canada
Toll free: 1-800-HARVARD
International: +1 (819)772-7777
Local call in Ottawa, ON, Canada
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm EST