Inviting Family Members, Relatives or Friends As B-2 Visitors
If you would like to invite one or more of your extended family members, relatives or friends to visit you in the U.S. while you are studying at MSMU, or on OPT, and would like to request a family visit letter from the Registrar’s Office to assist them in their visa applications, please complete the following form in its entirety.
Note that the family visit letter only serves as a supporting document for the appropriate visa applications of your guests. For information on visitor visas, please visit the appropriate U.S. embassy website: http://www.usembassy.gov/
The Following Are Only Suggestions.
Be aware that the U.S. Consulate Officers abroad may have different
or additional policies regarding the issuance of visitor visas.
I. A letter from you to your relative(s) or friend(s), in English, as an invitation to visit you in the United States.
II. A letter from you to the U.S. Consulate Office. You may want to include:
- Your name
- Your major
- Degree you are pursuing
- For each person you are inviting, provide:
- Passport name
- Relationship to you
- Date of birth
- City and country of birth
- Country of citizenship
- Purpose of the visit: proposed activities for your guests, such as attending your commencement ceremony
- When they plan to arrive and how long they will stay
- Who is paying for their room, board and transportation to the U.S.
III. Evidence of financial ability, if you will be providing support (bank statements or other financial document).
IV. Evidence of your student status. You may wish to attach a letter of enrollment verification, and a schedule from the Registrar’s Office. If you are an International Student, you may want to include a Photocopy of your I-20 or DS-2019.
V. At your request, the Center for Global Initiatives will produce a letter which will include your visitor’s information. This letter will also include your full name, student standing, academic program, date of birth, your citizenship, your student ID, and SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 ID if you are an International Student. If there are multiple guests, a separate letter will be created for each person listed.
Remember that the above items from you can be helpful, but it may not be the only documentation needed. When your family member(s) or friend(s) go to the U.S. Consulate, they may need to provide additional documentation.
If you are an International Student on an F-1 or J-1 Visa, your spouse and/or children may come to the U.S. as your dependents in F-2 or J-2 status, and be given permission to remain in the U.S. for the same length of stay as you. Each dependent will need their own I-20/DS-2019 Form prepared for that purpose and documentation of additional financial support is required. Contact the DSO/RO in the Registrar’s Office for details.
Request For Family Visit Letter