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Effective Fall 2019, the International Center is no longer issuing invitation letters. Please read below for more information.

Inviting Family or Friends to the US

While you are at Tufts as an international student or scholar, you may wish to invite your family, relatives and friends to visit you in the US. In most cases, short-term visitors to the US are required to have a valid visitor's (B-1/B-2) visa, or be eligible to come to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If the visitor needs to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa, they must do so at a US consulate, preferably in their home country. You can click on this link for information from the US State Department about B-1/B-2 visa requirements. In addition, each US consulate has its own visa application process and procedure, so visa applicants should be carefully to follow the instructions provided to them.

The US State Department has indicated that it is not necessary to issue invitation letters as they are not taken into account by visa officers when deciding whether to approve or deny a B-1/B-2 visa application. For this reason, effective Fall 2019, the Tufts International Center has discontinued issuing invitation letters. However, the following general suggestions may help to assist your family, relatives, or friends in understanding the visa application process:

  • The B-1/B-2 visa is issued to persons who intend to make short-term, temporary trips to the US for either business (B-1) or tourism or medical treatment (B-2)
  • The applicant is required to show that their intended visit in the US is temporary and they will still retain ties to their home country, including maintaining a home country residence
  • Examples of evidence of home country ties includes proof of home country family, property, and employment, as well as evidence of an intended return date (e.g., a return trip ticket or travel itinerary)
  • If the visitor is coming to the US to visit you, then you may wish to issue a personal letter of invitation written and signed by you

Personal Invitation Letter. If you decide to issue a personal letter of invitation to your family, relatives, or friends, you can use this sample invitation letter template to write your own letter. This sample is provided as a courtesy and is not a guarantee that the visa application will be successful. In addition to the sample invitation letter, you may wish to attach additional information such as a copy of your Form I-20 / Form DS-2019, a school enrollment verification letter or transcript, or other similar evidence of your continued status at Tufts University.