The number of non-immigrant visas issued by the United States has declined significantly, from 9,681,913 in 2017 to 9,028,026 in 2018, according to figures released by the US Department of State. This can be attributed to the protectionist policies of the Trump administration as well as the tightening of visa regulations. If you’re not careful while applying for a tourist visa, there is a good chance that your visa request may be denied.
One thing that can tilt the odds in your favor is having an invitation letter from your friend or relative who is a US citizen or a permanent resident. The main aim of this letter is to prove to the US consular officers that you have a specific plan regarding your entry and eventual exit from the country. It will also indicate your accommodation arrangements and the source of economic support during your stay in America.
Who Needs an Invitation Letter?
Everyone. Even parents who want to get a tourist visa to visit their children in the United States can take this letter with them as supporting document during their visa interview.
To improve your chances of getting a US tourist visa, make sure certain details are clearly mentioned in the invitation letter, such as.
Don’t forget to get insurance.
It is recommended that you get travel insurance when traveling to USA, as medical expense (even for common flu) can run into hundreds of dollars! Here are some of the best insurance for US visitors.
- The duration for which you will be staying with your US contact or the arrangements that you have made for your stay.
- The reason for the visit and the complete travel itinerary.
- The amount of expenses, if any, that will be borne by your US host.
- Whether your transportation costs will be covered by them.
Make sure that the letter is written like a personal document and is not overly formal. Also, keep in mind that both the name and address of your contact are mentioned clearly.
US Visa Sample Invitation Letter
Here is a sample format that you can provide to your sponsor to help them create a proper invitation letter. The letter format and language given below is purely for reference purposes. Your contact can make changes to their letter, based on your specific circumstances. Also, your sponsor will need to send copies of relevant documents, such as address and identity proof, green card or other permanent residence/citizenship proof.
(Name of Sponsor),
(Work): (xxx) xxx-xxxx
(Home): (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Email ID: (email address)
(Name of Visitor)
(Complete Address of Visitor)
Dear (Visitor’s Name),
I wish to invite you to pay us a visit and spend your vacations in the United States with us. We have planned to visit the most famous American tourist spots, such as (name of all the tourist places that are included in the plan). It will also give you the chance to experience the amazing cuisine and lifestyle of America.
I will be bearing all your trip-related expenses, such as round-trip flight fares, housing, food, insurance and other personal expenses.
I am attaching all the documents you need to get your tourist visa from the US Consulate.
Herewith, I am sending all the required documents for getting the necessary tourist visa from the (Name of the relevant US consulate, such as Chennai Consulate)
(Signature of Sponsor)
(Name of Sponsor)
All the best with your visa application!