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Conference Visas For The USA, UK & India

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How to Get A Visa When Attending Cyber Security Conferences in the US, UK or India

In this day and age where everyone and everything is continually evolving, it is always a wise decision to look for ways to grow and progress – whether in your personal life or in your profession.

Because of this, people have become more open to various means of acquiring new knowledge. From having your own initiative in reading what’s the latest in your line of field to taking postgraduate degrees, there are more ways than one to keep improving.

For folks who are part of the cyber security industry, conferences are the way to go. Thanks to year-round seminars and conferences all around the globe, there is no excuse not to attend one. It’s pretty likely that there are conferences in the country you’re in but if you’re looking for bigger cyber security gatherings, you should look into visiting the US, the UK or India. Just by merely Googling cyber security conferences, you’ll notice that most of these happen in any of the three locations.

Now you may be thinking why bother visiting another place to attend a conference?

There are three major things you will definitely gain from this experience:

The conferences get to tackle cyber security issues dealt by the world. Because people from different places join these gatherings, it’s highly likely that you will be able to hear out issues and technological advances dealt by different cyber security professionals from all over the world.

You meet a new group of people from all over the world. Widen the scope of your network with the conferences you attend.

A bigger network means greater opportunities for professional growth.

You can mix business with pleasure. Conferences, in general, last from 2 to 4 days at most.

When the gathering has wrapped up, you can go ahead and plan a much needed short (or long) vacation as you wish!

If you’re interested (and we are sure you are), you’ll need a visa to get in to these places. Don’t fret because we’re giving you the most concise information on how to acquire your visas without (so much) hassle!

I. Getting a Visa for a Conference based in the United States of America

What type of visa will you need?
For conference goers, you need either a B-1 or B-2 US visa in order to be able to enter the premises. This business visa gives you permission to stay in the US up to 6 months. That should definitely be able to cover your conference days/week plus some sightseeing before and/or after the convention.

How to apply?
Applying for a B-1 or B-2 US visa may differ based on the consulate or US Embassy you will be applying in.

However, generally this is how it will go:
Complete the online visa application. This includes completing Form DS-160 through the online application for non-immigrants. Print the completed form. Also, be ready with passport-sized photos, which will later on be asked from you.

Schedule your interview with the US Embassy or Consulate of the country you reside. Be prepared for your interview by securing a non-refundable payment before the scheduled interview date and having the necessary documents on hand such as your passport, your printed copy of Form DS-160, photos and a receipt of your payment. Also, be prepared to also answer questions such as why you want to visit and where you will be staying during your visit. Having papers to back up your claims will definitely increase your chances of getting approved.

Pray and wait for your visa approval. You should be able to get an answer about your visa approval (or disapproval) in at the very least a week or two from your interview.

II. Getting a Visa for a Conference based in the UK

What type of visa will you need?
If you’re attending a conference in UK, you will need to secure a UK visitor visa. Just like the B-1/B-2 US visa, its validity extends for up to 6 months. The visitor visa is available to non-immigrants who have temporary business in the UK.

How to apply?
Similar to acquiring a US visa, applying for a UK visitor visa may vary depending on the UK Embassy or consulate of your country of origin. In any case, here are general guidelines for you to follow:

Log on www.gov.uk and click on the UK visa application. The site is very helpful and very user-friendly so you should be able to quickly navigate your way through. After figuring out the necessary documents needed and filing the online application, you should be ready to go.

Book an appointed interview schedule with the UK Embassy. Be sure to do this because walk in applicants are rarely entertained.

Attend the schedule interview date with your application documents. These include your passport, a printed application form you completed online, appointment letter and a second form of identification card. FYI, all the documents you’ve submitted will be the only files that’ll be taken into consideration by the UK government so make sure everything is complete and legitimate before handing them over.

After the interview, you will be asked to enroll your fingerprint and get your photo taken. For fingerprint scanning, make sure that your fingers are clean and are free from lacerations or tattoos.

Wait for a couple of weeks to know if your visa has been granted.

III. Getting a Visa for a Conference based in India

What type of visa will you need?
In order to attend a conference happening in India that is set up by a private company, you will need to secure an Indian Business Visa. This type of Indian visa usually gives you up to 3 months, single entry to the country.

However if you are attending a conference spearheaded by the Indian government, you may be granted a Conference Visa instead.

How to apply?
To apply for either Conference or a Business Visa, here are some guidelines:

Get hold of the Indian Visa Application Form.

Complete the said form and be sure to bring along two copies during your interview. You can be able to access the application form on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html.

Schedule an interview with the Indian Embassy or Consulate. Payment will also be required from you during this stage in order to secure your interview slot.

Show up on the interview date with the necessary documents. If available, you can show proof of the conference you are attending to increase your chances of getting an approval.

Wait for the results whether your visa has been approved or not.