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Invitation Letters

If your family and/or friends would like to visit you in the U.S. to attend your graduation ceremony, sightsee, etc., we recommend that you provide them with an invitation letter. Follow the step-by-step guide below, and gather the proper supporting documents to send to your family and/or friends.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Download the Invitation Letter (PDF).
  2. Wherever you see information [in brackets like this] you should enter your own information.
  3. Once the letter is complete with your information, print on regular printer paper; letterhead is not necessary.
  4. Sign the letter in blue ink where you see [your signature].
  5. Send the letter to your family and/or friends overseas. Sending the original via postal mail is preferred, but sending a scanned copy is acceptable as well.
  6. 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 (an invitation letter to the graduation ceremony).
    • If you are on post-completion OPT/Academic Training, send a copy of your EAD card (front and back) or DS-2019, and an offer letter from your current job.
  7. 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 about Visitor Visas. The Office of Global Engagement is unable to advise on Visitor Visas.
  8. If you have additional questions, please email