How To Apply For A Visa To Attend SIGGRAPH 2005
US Department of State Information About
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:
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 passpor
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 2005.
New ACM visa-invitation policy: You must register for SIGGRAPH 2005 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
2005 will send you a letter of invitation with your
Please contact the SIGGRAPH
2005 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:
SIGGRAPH 2005 cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing SIGGRAPH 2005 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:
- Your letter of invitation to attend SIGGRAPH 2005.
- 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 37mm), showing your full face, without head covering, against a light background.
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.
- 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.
Because application for a visa can be a lengthy process,
SIGGRAPH 2005 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 Information or contact the SIGGRAPH
2005 International Chair.