Inviting Someone to Visit You
You will need to provide your family and/or friends an invitation letter if they would like to visit you in the U.S., attend your graduation ceremony, sightsee, etc. Along with the letter, make sure you follow the step-by-step guide below and gather the proper supporting documents to send to your family and/or friends. They will need these documents to apply for their visa.
- Download the Invitation Letter.
- Anywhere you see information [in brackets like this], you should enter your own information.
- Once the letter is complete with your information, print on regular printer paper. Letterhead is not necessary.
- Sign the letter in blue ink where you see [your signature].
- Send the letter to your family and/or friends overseas. Sending the original via postal mail is preferred; however, sending a scanned copy is acceptable as well.
- In addition to this letter, send the following to your family and/or friends:
- Copies of your I-20 and passport ID page (with your photo)
- If you are a current student, send copies of your official transcripts. Transcripts can be requested via NEST.
- If you are graduating, send proof of your graduation (a Letter of Expected Completion).
- If you are on OPT/Academic Training, send a copy of your EAD card (front and back) or DS-2019, and offer letter from your current job.
- If your family and/or friends would like to know more about applying for the B1/B2 visitor visa, refer them to the Department of State’s website. International Services is unable to advise on visitor visas.
- If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.