Invitation Letters

Please click the button below and fill out the request form. Please allow 1-2 weeks to receive a reply. If after 2 weeks you do not receive a reply you may email international@gycweb.org and inquire about your request status.

Request a Letter of Invitation

Yes, we must receive your completed request and letter of recommendation no later than November 1st. Also, keep in mind that it can take up to 2 weeks to receive a response to your request and you will need to allow time to apply for your visa, arrange travel, and register for the conference as well. We strongly advise that you submit your request as early as possible to avoid delays.
A letter of recommendation on Seventh-day Adventist Church letterhead and dated this year must be submitted upon application to receive a letter of invitation for visa purposes. The letter must be signed by the local pastor stating that the attendee is a member of and in good standing with the church. Conference/Union/General Conference officials do not need a letter of recommendation, as long as they show/explain that they hold that position. Pastors do need a letter of recommendation signed by a conference or union official.

No. You do not need to apply for a letter of invitation unless required by the U.S. embassy in your country. The purpose of the letter of invitation is to aid participants in obtaining visas.

No. GYC does not personally negotiate with embassies to obtain visas for international attendees. However, we issue letters of invitation that attendees may need to send to their embassies in order to obtain a visa to attend the conference.
No. Unfortunately, GYC currently issues letters of invitation only to members in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist church. However, you may make alternate arrangements to obtain a visa and attend GYC. Anyone can register for GYC.

International Registration Discount

The international discount is given to participants traveling from outside mainland USA, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico. We strongly recommend that you obtain your visa (if applicable) before paying registration and housing fees.

The discount will automatically be applied to your charges when you register online.

If you wish to receive the discount you must not register in a group. Registering in a group will cause you to forfeit the International Discount.

The International Participant discount is a 50% discount on your registration fee and does not include housing, meals, or any other charges you may incur as a GYC participant.

No. The purpose of this discount is to offset the cost of traveling internationally. GYC only grants this discount to international participants traveling from outside mainland USA, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico specifically to attend the conference.

No. Attendees who receive a letter of invitation do not need to apply separately for the discount. Attendees who have received letters of invitation will be charged 50% of the registration fee during the payment step of registration unless they are coming from Mexico or Canada.

General Information

GYC takes 1-2 weeks to process your applications. We appreciate your patience! If after 2 weeks you do not receive a reply you may email international@gycweb.org and inquire about your application status.

The international discount will not be applied if you register in a group. If you wish to receive the discount you must register as an individual. You may register in a group if you desire, but you will forfeit the 50% International Discount.

Participants are personally responsible for registering and paying for the conference. GYC does not provide scholarships or sponsorship for participants. We strongly recommend that you obtain your visa (if applicable) before paying registration and housing fees.

GYC negotiates with local hotels to offer rooms at a reduced rate for conference participants. You can book housing here.

For further questions and comments about international attendees at GYC, please contact us at international@gycweb.org.