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[How To Apply For A Visa To Attend SIGGRAPH 2003]
 
US Department of State Tips for US visas: Visitors - Business and Pleasure

If you are traveling to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less with a passport issued by one of the following countries, you may be eligible to visit the US without a visa:
Andorra
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Monaco
The Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Singapore
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Uruguay

These countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program. Travelers from these countries cannot work or study while in the US and cannot stay longer than 90 days or change their status to another category. For complete and updated information on requirements for this program, please see Visa Waiver Program.

If you are traveling to the US with a passport issued by any other country, you must apply for a visa. Please read these procedures carefully:

1. To apply for a visa, you must have your own letter of invitation from SIGGRAPH 2003.

When you register for the conference from outside the United States, and your country DOES NOT participate in the Visa Waiver Program (see list above), SIGGRAPH 2003 will send you a letter of invitation with your registration materials. See paragraphs 2 and 3 below for further instructions.

If you need an invitation letter before you can register, or you need your letter before your registration materials arrive, or you did not receive an invitation letter with your registration materials:

Please send the SIGGRAPH 2003 International Chair your complete name, street address, city, country, postal code, fax number, phone number, date of birth, and passport number. Indicate whether you want the letter faxed or mailed. If you want the letter faxed, make sure your local US Embassy or Consulate will accept a faxed letter. Some embassies or consulates require an original letter. Letters of invitation cannot be emailed. If you would like your invitation sent via overnight express courier, you must supply a credit card number and expiration date for this service. Letters of invitation will be sent up to one week prior to the conference.

2. After you receive the letter of invitation, call your local US Embassy or Consulate to arrange an interview. For information on the embassy or consulate closest to you, see Links to United States Embassies and Consulates Worldwide. Recommendation: visit the embassy or consulate a month before you begin the visa process, to obtain literature, forms, etc.

3. When you go to the embassy or consulate for your interview, you will be asked to pay a nonrefundable application fee and submit:

  • Your letter of invitation to attend SIGGRAPH 2003.

  • An signed, completed application. The application form is available at all embassies and consulates for no charge.

  • A passport valid for travel to the US at least six months beyond your intended stay in the US.

  • Two photographs, 1.5 inches square (37 x 37 mm), showing your full face, without head covering, against a light background.
SIGGRAPH 2003 cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing SIGGRAPH 2003 call the embassy or consulate on your behalf to provide support for granting a visa. As an applicant for a non-immigrant visa, you must convince the consular officer that you are:
  • Entering the US for pleasure.

  • That you plan to remain in the US for a specific, limited period.

  • That you have a residence outside the US as well as other binding ties (employment, family, home, bank account) that will ensure your return when you complete your visit to the US.

  • And that you have the funds to pay for your entire trip.

If you are denied a visitor visa, you may re-apply if there is new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal. In the absence of new evidence, consular officers are not required to re-examine such cases.

Because application for a visa can be a lengthy process, SIGGRAPH 2003 recommends that you start your visa application process early: 60 to 100 days prior to the conference. If you have specific questions that are not covered here, please see US Department of State Visa Services or contact the SIGGRAPH 2003 International Chair.


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