Aug 19 – 23
Santa Barbara




US Visa Information




It is imperative that authors and delegates allow sufficient time to obtain visas.

Information on United States visas can be found here. It is advisable to begin the application process as early as possible to avoid last minute problems. The time to obtain a visa can vary widely and has taken over three months for some individuals in the past. An interview at a consulate may also be required.

The US Department of Homeland Security has implemented the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA is a new fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the United States, and VWP travelers are encouraged to apply for authorization as soon as they begin to plan a trip to the United States. Please note that ESTA has become mandatory for all travelers from current Visa Waiver Program member countries.

Invitation Letters

Important: Requests for invitation letters need to be received by July 8, 2012.


Conference attendees who require a visa will typically need an invitation letter from the CRYPTO General Chair. To expedite the process, please provide as many of the following pieces of information as possible in your request:

  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • A brief statement explaining your interests in the conference.
  • A list of any recent IACR conferences you have attended.
  • A reference in the crypto community who has attended past IACR conferences.


We hope that you will be able to attend Crypto and help us make the conference a great success.