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How to Write an Invitation Letter for a US Visa

In this blog article, we'll explain what an invitation letter for a U.S. visa is, what to include in it, and provide a sample to guide you through writing your own. 

Planning a trip to the United States can be an exciting adventure, but it often requires navigating the visa application process. One way to strengthen your visa application is by including an invitation letter. 

In this blog article, we’ll explain what an invitation letter for a U.S. visa is, what to include in it, and provide a sample to guide you through writing your own. 

Whether you’re visiting family, friends, or for business, a well-crafted invitation letter can help strengthen your visa application and improve your chances of approval.

What is an invitation letter for a US visa?

Invitation letter for US visa

An invitation letter for a US visa is a letter written by someone who lives in the United States, like a U.S. citizen or a legal resident, inviting you to visit them. This letter helps explain why you want to visit the U.S. and who you will be staying with. 

It provides important details for the U.S. consulate or embassy, showing that your visit is genuine and that you have a host who will take care of you during your stay. 

While you don’t have to have an invitation letter to apply for a visa, including a well-written one can make your application stronger and more convincing.

Who needs an invitation letter for a US visa?

An invitation letter is particularly helpful for people planning to visit the US for various personal, business, or academic reasons. Here are a few scenarios where including an invitation letter with your US visa application could be helpful.

  1. Family Visits: If you’re visiting family in the U.S., an invitation letter can explain the purpose of your visit and your relationship to your host.
  2. Tourism: Tourists staying with friends or family can include an invitation letter to show they have accommodation and support during their stay.
  3. Business Trips: If you’re attending meetings, conferences, or other business events, an invitation letter from your U.S. business contacts can confirm the details of your visit.
  4. Special Events: Attending a wedding, graduation, or family gathering? An invitation letter can detail the event and your plans.
  5. Medical Reasons: If you’re seeking medical treatment, a letter from the hospital or doctor can confirm your appointment and treatment plans.
  6. Academic Purposes: Students or academics visiting for short-term courses or conferences might need an invitation letter from the hosting institution.

While it’s not mandatory, an invitation letter can make your visa application stronger by showing that you have a clear reason for your visit in the U.S.

What to include in the invitation letter

When writing an invitation letter for a U.S. visa, it’s important to include several key pieces of information. Here’s what you should cover to make sure your letter effectively supports the visa application:

Your personal details– Full name
– Address
– Contact information (phone and email)
– Your status in the U.S. (e.g., citizen, lawful permanent resident)
Invitee’s details– Full name
– Address
– Date of birth
– Contact information
Relationship– Clearly state your relationship with the invitee (such as friend, family member, business associate, etc.)
Purpose of the Visit– Describe why the invitee is coming to the U.S. (such as attending a wedding, visiting for tourism, business meetings)

– Include specific activities and events they will participate in
Dates of stay– Include their intended arrival and departure dates
Accommodation details– Where the invitee will stay during their visit (such as your home address, a hotel, or Airbnb)
– Confirm if you will cover their expenses

You can also include more details if needed. And, make sure to conclude the letter with a formal ending — including your signature!

Sample invitation letter for a US visa

Here’s a sample invitation letter to give you a clear idea of how to structure and format your own letter:

[Your Address]
[City, State, ZIP Code]
[Email Address]
[Phone Number]


[U.S. Embassy or Consulate Address]

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is [Your Full Name], and I am a [U.S. Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident] residing at [Your Address] in the United States. I am writing to invite [Invitee’s Full Name], who is my [relationship to invitee], to visit me in the United States.

[Invitee’s Full Name] resides at [Invitee’s Address] in [Invitee’s Country]. Their date of birth is [Invitee’s Date of Birth], and their contact number is [Invitee’s Phone Number]. The purpose of their visit is to [explain the purpose of the visit, e.g., “attend my wedding on [date]”, “tourist visit to various attractions”, “attend a business conference”].

[Invitee’s Full Name] will be staying with me at my residence at [Your Address] for the duration of their visit, from [start date] to [end date]. During their stay, I will ensure that they have appropriate accommodation and cover all living expenses.

I am employed at [Your Employer’s Name] as a [Your Job Title], and I am fully capable of supporting [Invitee’s Full Name] during their stay. Enclosed are copies of my proof of income and my legal residency status in the U.S.

Please feel free to contact me at [Your Phone Number] or [Your Email Address] if you require any additional information.

Thank you for your time and consideration in processing [Invitee’s Full Name]’s visa application.


[Your Signature]
[Your Printed Name]

[Your Address]

[Your U.S. Passport Number]

Where to submit the invitation letter

Woman writing a US Visa invitation letter

Once you have the invitation letter from your host, you’ll need to include it with your visa application. Here’s what you should do:

Step 1: Gather your documents

Along with the invitation letter, make sure you have:

  • Your visa application form (DS-160)
  • Your passport
  • Passport-size photographs
  • Proof of ties to your home country (like job letters, property deeds, or family commitments)

Step 2: Submit your application

Bring all these documents, including the invitation letter, to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country.

Step 3: Attend your visa interview

At the interview, show the consular officer your invitation letter. This helps explain why you’re visiting and shows you have a host in the U.S. who will support you. 

Frequently asked questions

Is an invitation letter required for a US visa?

While not a must-have, including an invitation letter can give the embassy more insight into your trip’s purpose and your connections in the U.S. So, while it’s not a must, it’s a good idea to consider including one.

Which US visa types need an invitation letter?

Invitation letters are particularly helpful for the B2 visa (tourist visa, visitor visa for medical treatment, visa for special events), B1 visa (business visa), and J1 visa (academic or exchange visitor visa).

We recommend checking the specific requirements for your visa type and consult with the embassy or consulate if you’re unsure.

Who can write a letter of invitation?

Anyone living in the United States, whether they’re a citizen, permanent resident, or legally residing here, can write a letter of invitation for a U.S. visa applicant. It could be a family member, friend, or employer.

The key is that the person writing the invitation letter should have a genuine relationship with the visa applicant and be willing to host them during their visit to the United States.

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