Writing an Invitation letter for US visa application in some case is not a requirement but it can help smooth the way. If you are US citizens and you have a friend or relative who seeks to come to the U.S. as a tourist (on a B-2 visa), you may be able to help the person by writing a letter of invitation for them.
You can give this letter to your friend or relative to take along to the U.S. consulate when her or she presents the application for a U.S. visitors’ visa. But do you know how to write an invitation as requirement?
Before starting to write the letter, you should keep in mind that your letter must contain the following ideas:
Purpose of the planned visit, including what places you will visit
How long the visitor will be staying with you or where you’ve made arrangements for him or her to stay
Whether you will be covering the person’s transportation to and from the United States, and
How much of the person’s expenses in the U.S., if any, you plan to cover.
Below you can find two samples of invitation letter for US visa. The sponsor must address a letter to the consular officer and another one to the US visa applicant. They can write this letter to invite parents, relatives, friends, and any other guest.
Sample Of Letter Of Invitation Addressed To The Consular Officer
United States Consulate General
[Address of the Consulate]
Dear Honorable Consul,
[Visitor’s Name] – PASSPORT NO XXXXXXXX – Born on [Visitor’s Date of Birth]
My name is [Host’s Name], residing at [Host’s Address] and I am a United States citizen (or lawful permanent resident alien).
I am requesting that you issue a tourist (B-2) visa to [Visitor’s Name] who resides at [Visitor’s Address]. This is to allow him to visit me in the United States. We have known and been friends for the past 3 years and I would like him to visit me this summer.
[Visitor’s Name] will be visiting me from [Date of Entry] to [Date of Exit]. This will be a great time because we will both be off work at this time. During his / her stay in the United States, he/she will stay with me at my home at the address stated above.
I will be responsible for his / her accommodation expenses while he / she is in the United States. Upon the termination of his / her visit, he / she will return to [Visitor’s Hometown].
[Visitor’s Name] will be presenting this letter to you, together with other evidence to establish his close ties with [Visitor’s Home Country], and to assure you that he / she will return prior to the expiration of his / her stay in the United States.
Your kind consideration of this request will be highly appreciated.
[Host’ Phone Number]
Sample Of Letter Of Invitation Addressed To The Guest
(Work): [(xxx) xxx-xxxx]
(Home): [(xxx) xxx-xxxx]
Email: [email address]
I invite you to visit us and spend your vacation in USA with us. We have planned to visit famous tourist places like [name of tourist places to visit]. It will also be an opportunity for you to see and experience the American culture and lifestyle.
I will be taking care of your entire USA tour expenses, including the round trip airfare food, housing, medical insurance and all your other personal expenses.
Herewith I am sending all the required documents for getting the necessary tourist visa from the US Consulate, [Name of US Consulate, e.g. Mumbai Consulate]
[Host ‘s name]
Because invitation letter is not a requirement, you should prepare some additional documents to send alongside with it. Still, it would be very thoughtful if the applicant submitted any of the following documents alongside with the Letter of Invitation:
- A scanned copy of host’s ID / passport
- Evidence of means of subsistence (if the host will financially support the guest)
- Proof of home / flat ownership or rental contract
- Flight itinerary for US visa application – You can submit dummy ticket as proof of flight itinerary.
- Affidavit of Support – which is a USCIS Form I-134, available on the USCIS website. This should be submitted only in case the host plans to financially support the guest.