Click here to return to Messiah College's homepage
Intercultural Office

Important Forms and Documents

This page is dedicated to helping you find pertinent forms and documents that you may need as an international, missionary or transcultrual student.




Optional Practical Training (OPT) Request Form

As an F1 visa holder, Optional Practical Training (OPT) is one benefit that is available to you (if you qualify) after completing studies at Messiah College.


Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that gives F1 visa holders an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in their respective programs of study to practical work experiences after graduation.

If you have already assessed your post-graduation options and are considering temporary employment in the U.S. in your field of study, please fill out the request form (link provided below) and turn it in to Kevin Villegas at or to the Intercultural Office (Larsen 211).


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact Kevin Villegas, Director of International Student Programs at


F1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) 2013-2014 Information Sheet


F1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)  2013-2014 Request Form


F1 Optional Practical Traning (OPT) 2013-2014 Letter of Application




Graduation Family/Friend Support Letter Request Form

If you intend to invite friends and family from abroad to your graduation, you will need to request a support letter for each person that will aid in the visitor's visa application process. Below is a link to the support letter request form. Note that each individual you intend to invite must be listed separately.


E-mail the completed form to Kevin Villegas at

  • Allow two to three business days for support letter(s) to be produced
  • You will be notified via e-mail when the support letter(s) is ready for pick up


Support Letter Form