It can take several months to obtain a passport. Apply well in advance If you anticipate traveling internationally. Check to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your date of return and has two or more blank pages. Some countries may not let you enter the country if these requirements are not met. To learn more about how to apply, visit the U.S. Department of State passports page or the website for your home country's US embassy.


Many countries require a visa for entry. Each country has unique eligibility guidelines, visa types and documentation required to apply (e.g., letter of support or invitation letter). Visas can take up to several months to process and can be rejected for failing to carefully follow instructions. It is important to verify immigration requirements specific to an individual from your country of origin and commence the application process well in advance of travel.

Faculty and staff conducting research or teaching abroad should obtain the appropriate visas prior to traveling (e.g., business visa as opposed to a tourist visa) . Conducting research or teaching under the wrong visa could jeopardize your ability to travel to that country in the future. For detailed guidelines on travel to UChicago’s Global Centers, reach out to UChicagoGlobal and for concierge services to obtain your next visa consult CIBT Visas made available using your CNET ID.