Invitation Letters for International Guest Travel
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please plan ahead for inviting your international family members and friends to Commencement!
Some of your invited guests may need to apply for a tourist visa to come to the U.S. To apply for a tourist visa, individuals typically need an OFFICIAL letter of invitation. The visa application process can take several months or more depending on the country, so you should encourage your guests to learn about the process at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in their country to determine the steps in the process and the timing of their application/visa interview. In most cases, your guests will need to present the letter of invitation either at the application or interview stage.
You may submit your requests for letters of invitation online. Please note: it takes a few days to prepare a letter after the form is submitted.
You may opt to:
- pick up the letter in-person,
- have ISSS send it directly to your guest/s, or
- have ISSS send to your mailbox so that you may mail it to your guest/s.
For questions about this process, please contact ISSS at email@example.com.