As an International Conference Speaker, Filmmaker or Registrant, when should I start the visa process?

As soon as possible. The amount of time it takes to interview and process a visa varies greatly. Information on wait and processing times can be found here:

If you are applying for an O or P  visa, you must first have your petition approved by USCIS (see here: Petition approval may take as long as 180 days.

Please let SXSW know how you intend to enter the United States (whether using the VWP or a visa) by February 3, 2020.

For more information about obtaining a visa or estimated timeframes, a list of attorneys and agencies is provided in the Additional Resources FAQ.

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