International Students and Scholars Office

Invitation Letter

An invitation letter is an optional letter to assist family member in their application for a tourist visa.

The ISSO no longer provides letters of invitation for relatives of CPP international students who are seeking a Visitor Visa to come to the U.S. A letter from the school is not required and the consul official gives it no weight in the decision process.

If you would like to provide a letter, we have provided a template below. The letter should be written in English and include the following:

  • The names of those you are inviting (names as it appears on the passports)
  • The relationship of those visiting you
  • The purpose of the visit (vacation, attend graduation, meet new baby)
  • The dates of the visit
  • Student can include a copy of their transcript and I-20 with the letter (optional)

Dear Consul,

My name is [student’s name] and I am a F-1 student at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona pursuing a [bachelor’s/master’s] degree in [field of study].

I wish to invite the following individuals for the purpose [reason for visit]:

[Relationship to student]       [First Name LAST NAME]    [Date of Birth]

My guest will stay at [residence or other location] during their visit, and the cost of their visit will be covered by [financial information].

I appreciate your assistance in issuing a tourist visa. Thank you for your time and kind consideration of the attached visa application.


[Student’s name]

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