Recommendations prior to travel:

  1. Ask your campus’s international student office if there are any documents you may need to travel prior to missions trips.
  2. Get a letter from your registrars office (the same document that international students need to get a driver’s license). This is a letter with university letterhead stating:

    A. The international student is currently enrolled in classes at your university.
    B. If applicable, the international student will be taking classes the following semester (if they have already registered for that semester).

  3. Make sure the student has a current, valid passport, visa (this is what immigration looks at to make sure they are allowed to come into the country), and a current and valid I-20 (a form that allows them to stay in the U.S as student).
  4. Ask the student to find out from their consulate if they need any visa to travel to the specific country for the missions trip.

This website details when you need a visa to travel to a specific country.

This is just a portal for information and not recommended by Chi Alpha as a website to get your visa. Apply for the visa you need for entry into a country from the consulate/embassy of the country you may want to enter. Do this at least three months prior to the trip.

For more info on terms, documents and visas related to international students go to and

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