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Congratulations to your student! We encourage you to continue to visit this website to view the most up-to-date, detailed information regarding graduation and commencement.


Attention: International Students

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services no longer issues Letters of Invitation (LOIs). Invitation letters are not required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a tourist visa. However, if you wish to provide a letter to invite your family/friends to visit you, you can write the invitation letter yourself! Be sure to include the following:

  • Your name, the reason for you living in the U.S. and your current immigration status (likely F-1 or J-1).
  • The names of your family members who wish to visit, and an explanation of the purpose of their visit and how long they expect to stay.
  • You can also provide a copy of your I20's/DS-2019, if you feel comfortable doing so.

For more information on applying for a tourist visa, visit the following site: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Last Updated: 5/12/14