What is This Form?

Often, students will create a letter for their family who are coming to visit them in the US while on vacation or for graduation. The letter is added to the B-2 visa application materials and can be used as supporting evidence during the visa interview process.

Students are responsible for creating this letter.

Letters should only invite primary family members: parents, grandparents, siblings.

Instructions for Completing This Letter

  • Review the information on this page
  • Review the template provided in the PDF
  • Create a letter for your visitor

Information for Your Visitor

Documents that may be helpful to provide to your visitor include:

  • An invitation letter written by you, the student or scholar
    • See the sample template in the PDF
  • Evidence of your status in the US:
    • Copies of your:
      • I-20/DS-2019
      • Passport
      • Visa
      • I-94
      • Plus unofficial transcript printed from RamWeb or copy of your course schedule
  • Proof of relationship to your guests such as a birth certificate
  • A Colorado State University enrollment verification certificate, which you can order through RAMweb
  • Commencement ceremony information

For the actual tourist visa application, your family member will need to show that they have the funds to support themselves during their stay in the U.S. They will also need to explain their ties to their home country. Since the tourist visa is a non-immigrant visa, they will need to be prepared to demonstrate their intentions to return home after their short stay in the U.S. Some of the documents that may be used by applicants to support their intent to return home after their visit may include:

  • Proof of a job/employment
    • Such as an employer’s letter describing the employee’s position, company permission for the trip, and the expected return date to employment
  • Property or land ownership, or substantial investments in their home country
  • Personal/familial obligations
  • Records of other trips abroad and return
  • Itinerary for their visit to the United States

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page has been prepared for general informational purposes only. It do not constitute legal advice or serve as a substitute for legal counsel. This information has been adapted from similar resources provided by Johns Hopkins University and University of Southern California.

Additional Information

Per guidance from U.S. Department of State officials, the ISSS Office does not provide letters of invitation for student and scholars’ family members to bring with them to visa appointments. These letters are not required by the U.S. Consular Offices for family members to obtain visitor visas. Family members who would like to visit you in the U.S. for a short period of time should follow the procedures outlined by the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. Review the list of U.S. embassy and consulate websites.

You may also provide your relatives with additional information to assist them in their visa interview. Review the U.S. Department of State’s description of the B-2 visitor visa application process.

If your guest is not fluent in English, you may translate the information or recommend that they contact the nearest U.S. consulate to request a translated version before applying for the visa.