International Students

B-2 Visitor’s Visa Invitation Letter Template

Consular Officials from the U.S. State Department have stated that invitation letters from Universities/Colleges are not required for B-2 visitor visa applicants, and that such letters are not helpful. To confirm what documents are required for B-2 visitor visa applicants, please visit to locate the specific embassy or consulate where your visitor will be applying for the visa.

When reviewing applications for B-2 visitor visas, Consular Officials seek to confirm that the applicant has ties to their home country and that the applicant is not likely to stay in the U.S. Often, evidence like property deeds, proof of employment, and a letter from their employer authorizing the vacation time can be used to demonstrate ties to the home country. If your visitor would like an invitation letter, you may write one yourself. Click here for a template to use as a guide for your letter. The letter should be written in English, and should include:

  1. The name of the invited person
  2. Their relation to you
  3. The purpose of their visit: to see your graduation ceremony? Tourism? If your graduation is the purpose of the visit, you may complete the International Student Commencement Verification form to aid in this request.
  4. The dates of their visit
  5. How their visit will be funded (who will be paying? If you are funding, you should provide financial documentation to the visitor)
  6. The location(s) of their visit (are they staying with you or at a hotel? What is the address where they are staying?
  7. Itinerary of the visit
  8. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student, you can include this information in the letter, and indicate the dates of your study in the U.S. You can also include a copy of your immigration documentation.

Remember: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant’s residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If your family member chooses to bring the letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to the interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa.