Invitation Letter Guideline


Oftentimes, a student in the United States is visited by his/her friends or family. These individuals may need to acquire a visa in order to enter the United States. In order to assist them in their visa interview, you should:

1. Write them a letter inviting them here and detailing the nature of their trip.

2. Send them a copy of your official transcripts to verify that you are currently enrolled as a student here. You can request transcripts from the One Stop for Student Services.

Invitation Letter
  • Note: This is a personal letter from you to your relatives. It is not from the university, and should not be on university letterhead. It does not need a stamp or signature from anyone at the university.
  • A sample letter may look something like this: 

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is (name). I am an F-1 (undergraduate/graduate) student in valid immigration status studying (name of major) at Kent State University in Kent, OH. My passport number is (passport number) and was issued by (name of issuing country).

I am writing to inform you that I have invited my (friend/mother/brother/cousin), (full name), to visit me in the United States from (start date of trip) until (end date of trip). Visiting me is the sole purpose of their visit, and they have no intention of remaining in the United States. The costs of their food, lodging, and other expenses will be paid by (name).

The full name, passport number, and country of passport issuance for each visitor is as follows:
(state full name, passport number, and country that issued passport for each visitor).

Thank you for taking the time to consider their request for a visa. If I can be of further service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Your Name
Address 1
City, State, ZIP
Phone Number
Email Address