Please do not delay in arranging VISA applications for entry into the United States of America if needed. Such arrangements are the responsibility of speakers, attendees and other participants and may take up to a few months.
- Non-US citizens may need a visa to enter the US.
It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to enter the USA for the conference. If needed, an invitation letter for a US visa application will be provided for conference delegates after conference registration and payment. Delegates are required to indicate on their registration form that they will need an invitation letter for their US visa application.
- Plan ahead - apply for you visa early.
Depending on your country and citizenship, visa processing may take several weeks. If you need a visa, register for the conference as early as possible and pay your conference fees along with your registration so we can send you the invitation letter. We will not accept any visa delays or denied visa as an excuse for no-shows!
How to Obtain A Visa:
Complete guidelines on US visa application can be found on the U.S. Department of State's website, http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html
Useful Links on visa application process and the Visa Waiver Program:
- A step-by-step outline of U.S. Visa application procedures: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html
- Estimated Wait Times: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/wait-times.html/?post=Baku
- More information on the Visa process: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/a-z.html
- Online authorization for Visa Waiver Program: International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travelers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization using the following online application: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta
- Visa information page from the National Academies: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/
SOCC 2016 has been registered with the National Academies. If you are experiencing significant visa delay you may fill out their visa survey. They may then be able to follow up with the Department of State and inquire about your visa status.
- Further information on business visas can be found at the DOS Business Visa Center website, and at the IVO website.
Authors of technical papers can generate their Visa Letters from SOCC’16 in EDAS.
• Log into EDAS, and enter your paper page.
• You will find in the property column the words “Visa letter", and beside it, an image of an visa official in blue color.
• Click on this visa official image, and you will be able to confirm or change your address information reflected in the letter.
• Then the system will generate the letter for your use.
• If you have any problems, please click the help tab in EDAS.