Inviting tourists

Many students would like to invite friends or family for a short visit to the United States. The B-2 tourist visa is a good choice for visits of less than six months duration, or for family members who do not qualify for F-2 or J-2 dependent documents (such as parents, siblings, cousins, etc.). As a student, you can provide supporting documents for the B-2 visa application. Those documents are listed below. This is not a comprehensive list of all documents required for the B-2 visa. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate where your family or friends will be applying for their B-2 visa to find out the comprehensive list of documentation that is required to apply.

Letter of Invitation

You must write a letter of invitation to support your family/friend's B-2 visa application. The letter should be written in English and contain the following information:

  • Names and relationship to you of the visitor(s) 
  • Estimated length of stay in the United States 
  • You are a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
  • The expected completion date of your studies

Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support)

The I-134 is recommended if you will provide any financial support and/or room and board to your visitor(s). You must sign the I-134 in the presence of a Notary Public.

Proof of Enrollment Letter

The proof of enrollment letter verifies your student status at the University of Illinois. You may request this letter at the Office of the Registrar.

Additional Information

Visitors in B-2 tourist status generally cannot change nonimmigrant status in the United States.  B-2 tourists may not enroll in classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Those who wish to pursue an activity other than tourism should secure the appropriate visa to enter the U.S before they arrive.
In some instances, an extension of stay may be granted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Applications for extension of stay are made using Form I-539. Click here for forms I-539 and I-134.

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