Most parents will neeed to apply for a Visitor Visa. B-1 and B-2 visas are the most common for this type of travel.
You will need to provide evidence to explain the purpose of your trip, length of stay, and ability to pay all costs of the trip.
Evidence may include one or more of the following
- IU Parent Orientation schedule (we will upload to this page soon)
- Student's NSO reservation (printed copy)
- Student's letter of admission to IU
Depending on your home country, you may be eligible for the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and enter as a Waived Tourist.
Please be aware that international students cannot enter the country prior to July 13, and they will not be able to travel with you after orientation.
For immigration reasons, your student needs to arrive in Bloomington no later than August 14. However, we recommend setting an earlier date to accomodate New Student Orientation.
The Indiana Memorial Union is centrally located on campus and will be the easiest option with the least amount of walking.
Visit Bloomington also offers great recommendations for hotels that are close to IU, but off campus.