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.


Step-by-Step Guide: 

  1. Download the Invitation Letter.


  1. Anywhere you see information [in brackets like this], you should enter your own information.


  1. Once the letter is complete with your information, print on regular printer paper.  Letterhead is not necessary.


  1. Sign the letter in blue ink where you see [your signature].


  1. 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.


  1. In addition to this letter, send the following to your family and/or friends:
    1. Copies of your I-20 and passport ID page (with your photo)
    2. If you are a current student, send copies of your official transcripts.  Transcripts can be requested via NEST.
    3. If you are graduating, send proof of your graduation (a Letter of Expected Completion).
    4. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. If you have additional questions, please email