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US visa requirements are not simple. Here's a guide with links to important official information:
Citizens and residents of most counries in the world must have a visa to enter the United States. If you travel on documents from one of those countries, you must apply for a visa long before you fly to Anaheim. The application is online. You must pay a fee and meet with a person at the nearest US Consul General office, who will ask to see a letter that invites you to attend SIGGRAPH 2016.
Travelers from 38 countries can enter the United States without a visa. But entry is not automatic. Before you depart for the United States, you must complete an online application and pay a fee (credit card payment only):
Most citizens of Canada and Bermuda also do not need a visa to enter the US as tourists.
1. To apply for a visa, you must have your own letter of invitation from SIGGRAPH 2016. You must register for SIGGRAPH 2016 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation.
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 2016 will send you a letter of invitation with your registration materials.
Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2016 International Resources Co-Chairs 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 the location of 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 provide:
SIGGRAPH 2016 cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing SIGGRAPH 2016 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:
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.
Due to the fact that an application for a visa can be a lengthy process, SIGGRAPH 2016 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 2016 International Resources Co-Chairs.