Invitation Letters Not Required for B-2 Tourist Visa Applicants

International Student and Scholar Services does not issue "letters of invitation". We have received  U.S. Department of State’s confirmation that “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 nonimmigrant tourist visa”

Note: 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 nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa. You may find more information here.

As ISSS has had no reports of visa denials based on the lack of a letter of invitation and given that it is not a required document, we will not generate invitation letters.

If you would still like to send your famiy member(s) or friend(s) a letter of invitation, you may use the template to do so.