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invitation visa

Hosting Visitors to the U.S./Invitation Letter

Hosting Visitors


People often ask how they can help a family member, relative or friend get a visa to visit them in the United States. Under U.S. law, however, applicants for visitor visas must qualify on their own for visas to visit the United States.

This is what applicants must do to qualify for visitor visas:

  • Complete and sign the required non-immigrant visa application forms;
  • Bring evidence that their visit is temporary and that they will return home after their legally authorized stay (e.g., evidence of strong financial and familial ties to the home country; return ticket home; only enough cash/travelers checks to support temporary visit to the U.S.; evidence of employment upon return home; etc.); and
  • Undergo security clearance procedures.

“Invitation Letter”

A "Letter of invitation" is supplementary information that explains a visa applicant's intended purpose of travel. U.S. Embassies and Consulates do not have one specific format that these letters must follow. Consular officers look at the totality of an applicant's personal situation in determining visa eligibility. Supporting documents, such as a "letter of invitation", are often useful, but are not decisive in determining an applicant's visa eligibility. Mere possession of a letter of invitation from a U.S. sponsor will not necessarily guarantee that the holder will receive a visa.

A “letter of invitation” should:

  • State the specific purpose of the travel (conference, meeting, etc.) and the anticipated duration of the trip.
  • Provide detailed information about the relationship between the inviter and invitee and the invitee's purpose of travel.
  • Provide additional important information in the letter, specifically, whether the U.S. inviter will provide any funding for the traveler. Explain any sponsorship for the meeting (if applicable).
  • Explain if translators are being provided for the meeting or if the meeting will be conducted in a foreign language, it is helpful to explain this.
  • Contact information referenced in the letter for both the inviter and invitee should be up-to-date.

As aforementioned, an invitation letter or personal guarantee of the applicant’s departure from the U.S. after the visit is over is not decisive in determining whether or not the visa will be issued. The consular officer evaluates each visa application on its own merits according to visa law and procedures. The best help that a U.S. Citizen can give to a visitor visa applicant is to make sure that applicant has all the information they need to submit a correct application and explain fully the standards for visa issuance.

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