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Each year, anthropologists from around the world travel to the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) Annual Meeting in the U.S. to participate in the free exchange of ideas through international scholarly discussion and collaboration. This interchange enriches the field of anthropology and, of course, society in general.

However, under a new information collection procedure approved by the U.S. State Department, both visitors and would-be immigrants may be asked for extensive background information, including biographical data for the previous 15 years and social media handles going back as far as five years.

In light of the increased vetting of some visa applicants by U.S. embassies around the world, the AAA is urging all non-U.S. citizens traveling to our Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, this November to inquire about Visa requirements in relation to their home countries. The following are important links to information on Visa resources and processes:

AAA will continue to monitor the status of the proposed supplemental questionnaire and keep you informed of any new developments. In the meantime, we urge members to apply for a Visa well in advance of the Annual Meeting and as soon as possible.

If you have questions, you may email our Director of Meetings, Ushma Suvarnakar at

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