Visa and invitation letters

Participants are required to make their own arrangements for visas, if necessary. This page provides information that may be of assistance.

You are reminded that you may also require a transit visa if your travel includes stops in a third country. Please consult with your travel agent or with the authorities of any country you will be transiting through.

What is a Uniform Schengen Visa?

The Uniform Schengen Visa, also known as short-term Schengen Visa, allows you to stay and travel in France and the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days per year. The visa does not allow you to work. Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks before the departure date. We recommend that you start earlier in case you are asked to submit additional information, which can extend the process.

For detailed information about the Schengen Area and its visa policies, visit this link

Do I need a Schengen Visa?

Citizens of certain countries must hold a short stay visa. The EU has a common list of countries whose citizens must have a visa or are exempted from the obligation to hold a visa.

How to apply for a Schengen Visa?

Please refer to the guidelines from the French Government on the procedures and conditions regarding the issuing of these visas

Below you can find the conference organiser's address and phone number:

Université Claude Bernard LYON 1
43, boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918
69622 Villeurbanne, France
Phone: +33 (0)4 72 43 10 11

Do you need an official invitation letter?

An official invitation letter to support your visa application, funding request, etc. can be requested from the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Invitation letters will only be issued to authors of papers accepted for presentation at IAMCR 2023 in Lyon. Do not make your request until you have received confirmation that your paper has been accepted as we will be unable to issue it. 

Once your participation has been confirmed, invitation letters can be requested from the Local Organising Committee at

Make sure your request includes all the information listed below:

    • your full name as it appears in your passport
    • your home address
    • your email address
    • your nationality
    • your passport number
    • the title of your proposal and its Ex Ordo ID
    • the name of the section or working group in which you will be presenting or participating
    • are you a member of IAMCR? Yes/No

Please write VISA INVITATION LETTER in the subject line of your email.

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