Documents required for US visitor visa – B1 / B2

This post is one of those post that is born out of the need to answer a particular question over and over again on this website. Each time some asks what are the documents required for us visitor visa or what are the documents required for a US tourist visa, i give them the same answer. So here is the answer for all those that have this same question?

Official documents required for US visitor visa – From the government website.

The best place to get an up-to-date information about US visitor visa is from the US immigration department. You can find a list of the required document for US tourist visa by visiting –

In addition to visiting this website, I will suggest that you navigate from the webpage above to your country specific webpage. I have discovered that the visa office in each country may require a slightly different list of documents. Always check the website for your country to confirm that you have the updated list of required documents. Here is a link that will help you find the website for the US Embassy in your country.

Mandatory Documents required for us tourist visa – All classes of Applicants (B1/B2)

  1. Valid International Passport – Make sure you visa is still valid for at least 6 months after the date you pan to leave the USA after your visit. This means that if you plan to visit the USA from July 1st – July 30th, then your passport should be valid till at least December of that year. If you have Old Passports with visas on them, carry them along with you to the interview.
  2. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page – When you fill out the DS-160, you get a confirmation page at the end of the process. You will need to print a copy of it and bring it with you to your visa interview.
  3. Application Fee Payment Receipt – If you are required to make payment before your interview, then you need to take the receipt with you. In other countries you may need to go to the interview with a Bank Draft.
  4. Photo – You will need to upload a soft copy of your photo. So get it ready and print a copy to take with you to the interview.
  5. Copy of the Visa Interview Appointment Letter

Supporting documents required for US visitor visa – B1 / B2documents required for US visitor visa or tourist visa

In addition to the mandatory documents, you may also need some documents to support the claims you made in your application form. Here are some of the documents you may need to prepare. Documents that show the following:

  • The purpose of your trip – Although an invitation letter is not mandatory, it is a good document to show the purpose of your trip. If you are going to visit a friend or family, a letter from them is an obvious proof of the purpose of your trip. You may also prepare a document from a tourism company showing the list of places you plan on visiting. A booking of the hotels or places you plan on staying (DO NOT MAKE PAYMENTS to these hotels).
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip – These are documents that show your ties to your home country. Birth certificates of your children, Letters from your employer showing that you are on vacation and all other documents that shows that you plan on returning to your home country immediately after your visit to the USA.
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip – You should prepare your bank statement, pay slips and business documents to show that you have the ability to pay for the trip. If you will be sponsored partially or fully by your host, then you will need those documents from your host. Take note however that if you are being fully sponsored, it will be difficult for you to show that you will return to your home country after your visit.

How do I know which Document to take to the visa interview or not?

The rule of thumb is to take all documents that you think will be helpful to you. However do not bring out any document that the visa officer does not ask for. If you volunteer too much information, you may not have documents on you to support those claims. Now that you know the documents required for a US tourist visa, you can start preparing.

Your Turn

I hope this page has answered your questions. If you need a more comprehensive document in PDF format that you can print out or read on your mobile device to prepare you for a visa interview, then visit our page on visa interview help.

If you prefer to scout the internet to compile your own resources. Here is a list of visa interview questions for B2 Visa

Make this page richer. Add your suggestions of documents required for a US visitor visa. Leave a comment or ask a question.

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How to get a US Visa without Invitation Letter

Visiting the US? No invitation letter necessary

Are you planning visit the USA as a tourist, and you do not have an invitation letter? You can apply for a B2 (tourist) Visa without having someone in the USA to send you an invitation letter. We have created a guide that will take you through the entire process of getting a visa without an invitation letter. Although procedures vary in different embassies and consulates, there are a few processes that you need to go through to get a visa.

The Invitation Letter for Visa is not Required

It should be noted that when you are applying for a non – immigrant visa, you will never be asked to show your invitation letter. Therefore, you should not be worrying, because your application won’t be refused if you do not have an invitation letter. There are other more important documents than this letter that you must have with you. Here is what the USA visa office has to say about the invitation letter.

US Consulate on Invitations

Here is the whole process of getting a US visa without an invitation letter

Everyone who wants to enter the USA as a tourist, must apply for a visitor visa. This can easily be done at every U.S Embassy or Consulate around the world. Visit the place and they will provide you with the necessary information.

What documents do you need to get a visitor visa?

First of all, you will need some evidence of a financial support. You will be asked to show the appropriate documentation where the authorities can see that you have enough finances to support yourself during your stay in the USA. A bank statement that shows your current balance would be enough.

Filling out the application form is another important part of the process. You can do this online, or you can go to the USA Embassy in your country and ask for an application form. Once you fill it out, you must provide a suitable photo of yourself which is part of the application documentation. The photos must be in color, taken within the last few months on a white background with your face facing the camera.

Once you are done with the application, you must provide an evidence that shows that you will go back home to your country. Most of the applications get denied simply because the applicants do not submit an evidence of ties to the home country.

Visa Interview

Now, it is time to schedule a meeting with a consular officer of the USA Embassy in your country. Do not forget to take all the documents with you on the day of the interview. During the interview, the consular officer will determine whether or not you are eligible to get a US visa and if you are, they will approve it within the next few days or immediately (it depends from the country you live in).  Once you get an approval, they will give you instructions on how you can get the necessary documents along with the visa. The length to stay will be determined by the officer, but if you are visiting for the first time, you won’t be allowed to stay longer than six months.

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Business Invitation Letter for UK Visa

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What is a Business Invitation for UK Visa?

There are many reasons why people decide to visit UK and one of them is for business purposes. Individuals who wish to visit the UK must provide the necessary documentation that will serve as an evidence that they will leave the country before the expiration of the visa. One of the required documents for UK visa is the business invitation letter. It is recommended that you have the purpose of your visit detailed in the letter as you would do for all invitation letter for visa. Regardless of whether you wish to attend a business meeting, interview, business event or sign contracts, you will need to apply for a uk standard visa.

Please note that the UK Business visa has been replaced by the uk standard visa. It is the same visa you would obtain if you are a regular tourist to the UK. Read more about how to obtain this visa here:

Some business activities covered by the uk standard visa include:

  • conferences, meetings or trainings
  • specific sports-related events
  • performance by an artist, entertainer or musician in the UK
  • research by an academic

These are just a few of the reasons why you may need a business invitation letter. Each letter would have its own specific format. You should always ensure that the purpose of the visit is clearly stated in your letter as well as the details of the person being invited.

Sample Business invitation Letter for UK Visa

Here is a sample business invitation letter for visa addressed to the embassy or uk consulate. This sample letter is written to a business associate who lives in Kenya. The company in UK has written a letter to invite him for a meeting in London. The purpose of the meeting is to determine area of expansion for the partnership in London. This letter is addressed to the consulate and as such, other document that prove that there has been an ongoing relationship between the guest and the Host Company should be enclosed with the visa application.

Sample Letter

100 Cromwell Rd,
Kensington, London SW7 4ER
United Kingdom
+44 871 896 5632

March 2, 2017

To the UK Consulate:


Dear officer of the UK Embassy

I would like to invite the following individual to visit the United Kingdom for business purposes:

Name: Marc Jameson
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 1985 – 04 – 23
Nationality: Kenya
Passport number: 25698745

Mr. Jameson is an associate partner of CNBD company. During this visit, we will be able to discuss about the possibilities of expanding our business and opening new offices in other cities in the United Kingdom. The cities and the places will be discussed and determined during the visit.

Mr. Jameson will arrive in London on June, 1st, 2017 and will stay for 15 days. He will stay in the hotel “London Eye” in London during the whole period. Mr. Jameson will visit a few other cities for business purposes and leave UK on June, the 15th, 2016. Since, this business collaboration with Mr. Jameson won’t be the first and the last one, we would appreciate if you could issue him a multiple entry visa.

Mr. Jameson is our associate partner and one of the biggest investors in the CNBD company, which is one of the most successful companies in the UK. Our company will take the complete responsibility for his stay by covering all travel and stay expenses.

In addition, I am sending you the necessary documentation related to the stay of Mr. Jameson as well as his personal information.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at any time.


Jamie Richardson,


This letter is also and invitation for business meeting letter.

uk business visitor visa supporting documents

UK Visa Interview questions and sample answers for visitors

Do you have an interview for UK visa?

When preparing for any type of interview, it is always wise to think of the questions you would be asked. In this article, you will find a number of UK Visa Interview questions that will help prepare you for your interview. I also suggest some answers that are appropriate for some of the questions.

A visa interview is used by the visa officer to get more details about your visa application. He or she wants to know if what you have written in your application is true or not. Therefore you must ensure that you have copies of all the documents you have submitted or referred to in your application. Also make sure that you have a good knowledge of the person who wrote your invitation letter if you are presenting one.

Visa Interview Questions for Young Man Visiting a sibling in the UK

  • How are you doing today?
  • Are you married?
  • When did you get married?
  • What does your wife do for a living?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What is the purpose of your visit to the UK?
  • What does your sister do in the UK?
  • When did she leave Kenya?
  • What university did she attend?
  • How do you plan on spending your time in the UK?
  • Do you have any other siblings in the uk?
  • How do I know you would return to Kenya after your visit? – Talk about your family and your work. Tell the visa officer how precious your family is to you. State how important your community involvement is to you. Mention all your investments in your country and how you would not want to abandon them. Convince yourself about these facts before going for the interview.
  • Have you ever been to the UK? – Answer yes or no.
  • Have you ever applied to visit the UK? – Answer truthfully they have all the data.
  • When was the last time you saw your sister? – Answer truthfully. Prepare your answer.

UK Visa Interview Questions for Parents visiting their son’s family

  • Is anyone else traveling with you?
  • How many children do you have in the UK?
  • Does your daughter have any children?
  • How old are your grand children?
  • How long do you plan on staying in the UK?
  • When last did you see your daughter?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Where are you other children?

Some tips for UK Visa Interview

  • Dress formally for your interview
  • Study your application and make sure you can support every claim with a document
  • Arrive on time
  • Be confident
  • Answer questions clearly and loudly.
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Graduation Invitation Letter for UK visa

Graduation invitation letter for uk visaYou have completed your program or you are about to complete it. You need to invite your mum, dad, uncle or friends to your graduation ceremony. What you need is a graduation invitation letter for UK visa. This letter will be included in the application for visa that your guest will present at the UK embassy in their country of residence.

Please view  Other Invitation Letters for UK Visa here. Take note that some international Student offices in some UK universities can help with your invitation. You may want to find out if this option is available at your university.



The letter below is a sample that can be modified for your use. Just change the names, address and relationships as applicable. You will need to also add other plans that you have with your relative or friend in the UK.

You will also need to send some proof of your legal residence in the Uk. You may choose to scan a copy of your Teir 4 visa, the biodata page of your international passport and any other official document from the university about your graduation ceremony.

The Invitation letter should be addressed to the UK embassy or consulate abroad. You will however send the letter to your guest. You may choose to mail it to them or send a scanned copy to them.

Sample Letter of invitation for mother to attend Graduation Ceremony

Clarkson Court,
Hatfield, Hertfordshire,
United Kingdom.
AL10 9GY.

The Entry Clearance Officer
British Embassy, Nigeria.

Dear Sir or Madam

I am writing to invite my mother, Mrs Rosie False, date of birth  – May 27th 1945, nationality – Nigerian,  to my University of Hertfordshire graduation ceremony which will take place on  9th September, 2017 at 1.00PM.

While she is in the UK, she will be staying at my home from 1st September 2017 to 25th September, 2017. 

She will also be visiting some of the the sites in the UK while she is here. Such as, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Madame Tussauds and London eye.

I am currently just finished my MSc. in International Business at the University of Hertfordshire and enclose copies of my passport details page and my current student visa  (Tier 4).

Please contact me if you need further information at 077999999.

Yours faithfully,
[your signature] Janet False


Graduation Invitation Letter for Visa

Every year many international students graduate from US universities. Many of them would love to invite their parents and other relatives or friends to the United State, to be part of their graduation ceremony. In this post I outline how to write a graduation invitation letter for visa. You can use this format to invite your parents, your spouse, your siblings or even your friends. Simply update the relationship and adjust any of the letters below to suit your specific situation. Other invitation letters for US visa are also available.


Find below a sample invitation letter written by a student of New Jersey City University to invite his parents to attend his graduation ceremony. Take note that the letter is addressed to the Consular Officer but the letter should be SENT TO YOUR PARENTS. Please DO NOT send the letter to the embassy or consulate.  Follow this link for general information on writing invitation letters for visa

Invitation letter for parents to attend GraduationCommencement Ceremony

234 Cosgrace Ct
East Brunswick, NJ

Consular Officer
United States Embassy
United Nations Ave,
Nairobi, Kenya

Dear Consular Officer,

My name is James Brown and I am a student in F-1 visa status at New Jersey City University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I am graduating in May 2017. A letter from my University verifying my graduation is attached.

I would like to invite my parents listed below to attend my Commencement Ceremony and other celebration activities that will be held on May 18, 2017 .

Dandy BROWN, my father who lives at 34 Kikuyu lane, Nairobi Kenya
Rosie BROWN, my mother who lives at 34 Kikuyu lane, Nairobi Kenya

My parents will stay with me during their visit, (and may visit a few other U.S. cities before returning home. It would be greatly appreciated if you could grant them a visitor visa so that they may join me to celebrate my graduation.

If you have any questions, I can be reached by email at or by phone at +1999-9999

Thank you for your time and kind consideration of the visa application.




Group Application for US Visa Process

group of musicians photoSome of my readers have asked about Group Application for US Visa. When I first got the question, I did not know if it was still available so I did a research and here are my results. Remember that I do not work for any embassy. I am just a guy who has been researching this topic for a while and I provide my research findings.  I always advice that you still consult an immigration lawyer for a more professional response.

Please take note that, what I explain below is really group appointment for visa interview. Each member of the group will still need to do their individual application. However they can attend the visa interview as a group.

Is Group Application for US Visa available in your country?

You will need to find out if it is available for your country. I found out that in some countries such as Nigeria, group application (or appointments) is no longer available. Each person is required to make their individual appointments and process their own visas. To find out if group application is available in your country, visit the US traveldoc website ( On the home page, select your continent and country of residence. Then Scroll down a little to find the link to Group Appointments.

Group Application for US Visa

How to process a Group Application for US visa (Group Appointment).

  1. Determine as shown above if group application is available in your country
  2. Select a Group Coordinator
  3. Visit the US visa application website or portal to ensure that each applicant has filled the application form.
  4. The Group Coordinator will also ensure that each applicant has paid the required application fees
  5. The group coordinator will then request a group appointment via the Us visa application portal.
  6. The US embassy will respond to the group coordinator via email (be sure to check your junk) wether the application is approved or not. If the group application is approved, then the coordinator can schedule appointments on behalf of the group. If the application to apply as a group is denied, then each member of the group would have to schedule their own appointments.
  7. The coordinator will need the following information to apply for the group.
    • Each member’s passport number
    • The MRV fee bank receipt number
    • The ten (10) digit barcode number from their DS-160 confirmation page
    • Passport issuance date and Passport Expiration Date
  8. Each member of the group must appear for the visa interview.  You should all be prepared to answer questions concerning your visa application. You will need to bring the following documents as well as others that you think would help your application.
    • A printed copy of their appointment letter
    • DS-160 confirmation page
    • One photograph taken within the last six months
    • A current passport and all old passports
    • The original visa fee payment receipt.

Are you qualified for the Group Application for US Visa?

A group according to the US embassy is five (5) or more people who are traveling together on the same date, and for the same purpose. If you meet these criteria, you can attend your visa interview as a group. The US visa processing center actually encourages group appointment in countries that the service is still available.

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China Visa Invitation Letter

Writing a China Visa Invitation letter is similarChina Visa Invitation Letter to writing an invitation letter to any country. The major difference is that the letter needs to be written in the Chinese language. If you are in China and you are planning to invite your friend to visit, this letter will serve as a guide to you.

This sample Visa Invitation Letter for China is also useful for people in the United States, Australia, Canada or any other country in the world. You can send it as a guide to your friend who wants you to visit them in China. In this case, this China invitation letter will serve as a guide. Make sure you remind your friend or host to write the letter in Chinese and send you both the letter and the translation.

Do you really need a China Visa Invitation Letter?

A letter of invitation from a friend in China will go a long way to show that you have contacts within China and that you have a legitimate reason for wanting to visit China. However, you can still get a visa without an invitation letter. All you may need to do is get a tourist company and draw up an itinerary for your trip. The itinerary will serve as a the proof of purpose for your visit.

Sample China Visa Invitation Letter

Here is a sample invitation letter written by a friend in China, asking a friend in the USA to visit him in Mainland China. This is just a guide, please edit it to fit your particular situation.

Sample Letter

Your Name and Address in China

Dear Consulate Officer,

This is a formal invitation for my friend Dave Salter who lives at 123 Kingsley Avenue, Queens, New York, USA.  to visit me for 3 weeks.  He is invited to stay with my family and I from January 13th 2017 to January 30th 2017.

Dave Salter is a good friend of mine. We have been friends since Jan 2002 when we attended the Michigan State University together. (You can say one or more sentences about your relationship)

During this visit, I hope to show Dave a few places in Mainland China. Dave is responsible for his travel cost to China.

Yours faithfully

Your Name  and Official Signature.

Please do not forget to sign the document. It is not official without a signature. You do not need to sign the English translation of the letter.

Applying for the Chinese Visa

To apply for the Chinese visa, you would need to find out the exact procedure in your home country. You will also need to fill out a visa application form.

How to Apply for a visa to visit the USA – B1/B2

You live in Africa or Asia and one of your friends in the USA wants you to visit them in say New York. How do you go about that? Do you just buy your ticket and fly to the USA? Not at all. It’s not as easy as that. You need to get a visit visa! The consulate of the USA need to give permission to you to visit the USA. How do you apply for a US visa? This is what this article is about. In it I show you the steps on How to apply for a visa to visit the USA from Nigeria. The steps will be the same for most countries. All you may need to do is find the US immigration website for your country.

Do you need a visa?

Before you spend all your energy studying and reading all this material on how to apply for a visa, you need to be sure that you need a visa. There are some countries that the USA has agreements with and as such their citizens would not require visas to visit. Please take a look at this list to confirm whether you need a visa or not to enter the USA.

How to apply for US visa – The Visa Wizard

How to apply for a us visa - Visa Wizard The visitor wizard on the US immigration website is a very useful tool to help with the visa application process. The wizard guides you to the website that you need to be on as well as the cost implications and the list of documents you would need. It also leads you to the application form that is appropriate for you as an individual.

All you need to do with the wizard in enter your country of citizenship and the reason for you travel. The wizard would then send you to a page where you can access the specific information for your home country.

Here is a list of steps to follow to obtain a US visitor visa if you are a Nigerian. This is where the visa wizard will lead you to if you choose similar options.

Steps to take – How to apply for a US visa

Here is a summary of the steps to apply for a visa

  • Get your passport photograph ready (specification for photo )
  • Fill the online form DS-160 for Non Immigrant Visa
  • Schedule an Interview
  • Pay the visa application fee
  • Gather the documents required for the interview
  • Attend your visa interview
  • Pick up your visa if issued

Visa Office in your country

You will need to visit the us embassy website for your country to get the most accurate and specific information about the visa application fees and required documentation.

All you need to do is follow this link to US embassies in the different countries of the world, select your country of residence or citizenship.

Time to apply

It is important that you give yourself a lot of time to secure an interview, prepared the documents and attend the interview.

I hope you apply and get the visa.

Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa

What is a Sponsorship Invitation Letter for UK Visa?

A Sponsorship letter for UK visa is very similar to an invitation letter for UK visa. The main difference between them is that the sponsorship letter contains a declaration that the host will be handling some or all of the expenses of the guest.

When writing an invitation for your guest you are free to include in the letter that you will be responsible for the travel costs as well as the accommodation costs of your guest(s). With a sponsorship letter for visa, you will need to show proof that you can actually handle these costs.

A simple invitation letter on the other hand does not need to contain any declaration of support. All you need to include in an invitation letter is that you want your guest to visit you, Mothers- with sponsorship letter for uk visaas well as details about yourself and the guest.  The Visa Officer will not appraise your guests application for visa based on your income. The application for visa to enter the UK would be appraised based on the income of your guest.

Should the visa officer believe that you do not have adequate funds to sponsor your guest, the application will be denied or more documents will be requested. In many cases, what we have is a sponsorship/invitation letter for UK Visa.

A sponsorship/invitation letter contains both the invitation and the declaration of sponsorship. The declaration of sponsorship does not have to be full. For full sponsorship it is advisable that you fill out and sign a formal Declaration of sponsorship which can be obtained from the UK visa application website.

Sample Sponsorship Letter for Uk Visa

This letter is written by a UK citizen to invite his Mum to visit him in Manchester. His mum is retired and living on a modest pension in Kenya. He and his wife will be sponsoring his mother’s entire trip to the UK. This letter will be sent to his mother in Kenya along with COPIES of all the necessary documents. His mum will then attach them to her application to the British Embassy in Kenya.

The Visa Officer
British Deputy High Commission

Standard Visitor Visa application for – Mrs Grace Kikuyu, Passport No: 1237777

Dear Sir /Madam,

I  Andrew Kikuyu am pleases to provide this letter of invitation for my mother Mrs Grace Kikuyu who resides at 34 Mango Road, Nairobi, Kenya.  She intend to visit us for holidays for 6 weeks from October 1st 2016 until 15th of October, 2016.  Mrs Grace is a retired teacher and widow of my dad Mr Thomas Kikuyu.

I am the Network Administrator at MicroMana, an IT company based in Manchester, UK. Please find enclosed herewith my payslips and bank statements in which my salary is deposited.

My wife an I own a 4 bedroom bungalow at 234 Swan Street, Manchester, which is of sufficient size to accommodate my mother during her stay in the UK. Enclosed is a copy of our Title deed for the house and copy of our Council tax bill and utility bill.

I will be responsible for my mum’s travel costs, maintenance, accommodation and care and shall ensure that during her stay in the UK, she does not have recourse to any public funds. I also undertake to ensure her return to Nairobi, after visit in the UK.

Should you require any further information, please contact me on +44-123-12345 or  e-mail


Andrew Kikuyu

• Copy of British Passport
• Copy of 6 month Salary statements
• Copy of 6 month bank statements
• Copy of Title deeds for our house
• Copy of Council tax bill for our house

Is a Sponsorship Letter for UK Visa Required?

Although an invitation letter is not required for the application for a Uk Standard Visitor Visa, it is advisable that you get one. It acts as one of the supporting documents for the visa application.

It is important however to note also that there are more important and required documents and information that the guest must provide. Click here to see a list of other required documents.

A sponsorship Letter however is required because it is the document that shows how the guest plans to pay for the trip to the uk.

If you are sponsoring your guest financially to the UK, you must provide this document as well as the signed Declaration of Sponsorship form. Otherwise you could just fill the form and attach it to a regular invitation letter.

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