St. Cloud State encourages faculty, staff and students to exchange information and ideas with institutions worldwide.
As part of that commitment, the Center for International Studies supports seamless access to resources and services for short-term international visit requests.
International visitors need a valid visa that is related to the purpose of their visit to enter the United States.
The Center for International Studies will help determine the most appropriate type of visa for your visit.
We recommend you acquire two invitation letters. This will aid in scheduling the interview that is required to obtain a U.S. visa.
Certain payments and services provided to short-term international visitors may result in U.S. tax consequences for the beneficiary.
To comply with Minnesota State and Internal Revenue Service procedures, these documents may be required:
All short-term international visitors are required to have a valid visa (*except Canadians) or visa waiver to be allowed entry into the United StatesIf the short-term international visitor will require a visa, the individual must:
Complete the Form DS-160
Schedule a visa interview appointment
Pay the visa application processing fee
Pay the visa issuance reciprocity fee (if applicable)
Some U.S. Embassies or Consulates may require additional documentation, so check the embassy or consulate website for visa application instructions.
In some cases, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate may require administrative processing or security clearances on your visa application. It is common for this process to take a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
If administrative processing or security clearances occurs, please contact your sponsoring department so the Center for International Studies can advise on the implications of a delayed arrival.
The host department will be able to confirm that they will meet you at the airport or that shuttle reservations are made in advance.
Executive Express reservations can be made online. Executive Express is a privately-owned van shuttle service, to St. Cloud State. The Executive Express desk is in the Ground Transportation area of the airport. For more information, call Executive Express at 1-320-253-2226 or toll free at 1-888- 522-9899.