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International Center

The SIGGRAPH International Center exists for our international visitors, offering a place for attendees to meet, collaborate, and learn from one another.

Supporting International Connection

The International Center, hosted by the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee (IRC), includes a visitor-services booth to welcome our international visitors, a lounge, and the ACM SIGGRAPH Theater: a unique space for meetings, talks, demos, and panels. Informal translation services are also available, based on the availability of volunteers.

Apply for a Visa

U.S. visa requirements can present some challenges. Here’s a guide with links to important official information.

Find out if you need a visa to travel to SIGGRAPH 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Interactive Visa Map

Most Countries

Citizens and residents of most countries 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 the nation’s capital. The application is online. You must pay a fee and meet with a person at the nearest U.S. Consul General office, who will ask to see a support letter from SIGGRAPH 2020.

Step-by-Step Visa Process

U.S. Department of State Information About U.S. Visas

The Visa Waiver Program

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):

U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Participating Countries in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Czech Republic
The Netherlands
New Zealand
San Marino
South Korea
United Kingdom
Most citizens of Canada and Bermuda also do not need a visa to enter the US as tourists.

Step-by-Step Visa Process

Step 1

To apply for a visa, you must have your own support from SIGGRAPH 2020. You must register for SIGGRAPH 2020 before you can request or receive a support letter.

Registration Information

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 2020 will send you a support letter with your registration materials.

If you have questions regarding your letter, or need to request one, please contact Bryan Alpert.

Step 2

After you receive the support letter, contact your corresponding U.S. 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. SIGGRAPH 2020 recommends you start with the visa process early, as it can take several months.

Step 3

When you go to the embassy or consulate for your interview, make sure you bring all the documents required for the visa process with you.

SIGGRAPH 2020 cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing SIGGRAPH 2020 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 U.S. for pleasure.
  • Visiting the U.S. for a specific, limited period.
  • Residing outside the U.S. and have other binding ties (employment, family, home, bank account) that will ensure your return when you complete your visit to the U.S.
  • Funding 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.

SIGGRAPH 2020 supports the international community and wants visitors to feel safe and assured when traveling to the conference. If you are refused entry and you can provide appropriate documentation, SIGGRAPH 2020 will refund your registration with no penalty. For registration questions related to visas, please contact SIGGRAPH 2020 Conference Administration.

Due to the fact that an application for a visa can be a lengthy process, SIGGRAPH 2020 recommends that you start your visa-application process as early as possible prior to the conference. If you have specific questions that are not covered here, please see U.S. Department of State Visa Information.