International students and scholars at the University of Idaho often ask the staff at International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services whether there are any steps they might take to assist family members or friends in making a successful application for a B-2 visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad.
Any applicant for a B-2 visa must demonstrate nonimmigrant intent: 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa The International Programs Office will issue letters of invitation for family members, as long as the student or scholar is in valid visa status.
We cannot issue a letter for a nonfamily member.
In order to issue these letters, we would need the following:
- The full names and dates of births of the family members invited;
- The inclusive dates of your invitation to the U.S.;
- The purpose of the visit; and
- That you will provide food, lodging, and other necessaries.
The consulate may also find useful a bank statement confirming that you or your family members have the funds on hand to support your family members while in the U.S.