How To Apply For A Visa To Attend SIGGRAPH 2004
Department of State Tips for US visas: Visitors - Business
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
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 2004.
New ACM visa-invitation policy: You must register for SIGGRAPH 2004 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation.
Registration Information and Form
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
2004 will provide a letter of invitation. After you
register online, the system can display your letter.
Print the letter and present it to US consular
officials when you apply for a visa. Or you can use
your registration confirmation number to display and print your
letter of invitation anytime:
Letter of Invitation Request Form
Please use that form if you register by fax or postal or courier service.
Please contact the SIGGRAPH
2004 International Chair
if you have questions about the visa-invitation procedure.
See paragraphs 2 and 3 below for further instructions.
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:
2004 cannot assist you with the interview process, nor
can anyone representing SIGGRAPH 2004 call the embassy
or consulate on your behalf to provide support for
a visa. As an applicant for a non-immigrant visa, you
must convince the consular officer that you are:
letter of invitation to attend SIGGRAPH 2004.
A signed, completed
application. The application
form is available at all embassies and consulates
valid for travel to the US at least six months
your intended stay in the US.
Two photographs, 1.5 inches square (37 x 37
your full face, without head covering, against
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.
the US for pleasure.
you plan to remain in the US for a specific, limited
you have a residence outside the US as well as other
binding ties (employment, family, home, bank
that will ensure your return when you complete your
visit to the US.
And that you have the funds to pay for your entire
Because application for a visa can be a lengthy process,
SIGGRAPH 2004 recommends that you start your visa application
process early: 90 to 120 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
2004 International Chair.