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Sample Invitation letter for a friend to visit Nigeria

Here is a sample invitation letter written by a Nigerian citizen to invite a friend from the USA

House 2, line 3
Generation Estate,
Lugbe, FCT,
Nigeria

John Gray
93 Compton St,
Kingston, Ontario
Canada. K7K 5Z4

Dear John,

Letter of invitation for Visa Application to visit Nigeria

This is a formal invitation for you to visit me in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria for three weeks from the 10th to the 30th of April 2016.

During your visit you would be staying with me and I will be responsible for your transportation while you are here.

I hope to take you to see some sights while you are here and I trust that it will be fun just as it was in Canada.

I have attached a scanned copy of my Passport!

Your friend

(insert signature here)

Sade Adu

Guest details:
Name: John Gray
Address: 93 Compton St, Kingston, ON K7k 5Z4
Date of Birth: 30 of June 1980
Occupation: Teacher
Relationship : Friend
Passport no:XXXXXXXX
Telephone:+16139001234

Host Details (Enter your details)

Name:
Address:
Date of Birth
Occupation
Relationship
Passport no:
Telephone:

Once you have typed out the invitation make sure it is signed before you send it off.

 

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Invitation Letter for Visa – Should it be Notarized?

Over the years many of my readers have asked if they should notarize their Invitation or sponsorship letters. There really is no specific answers to this question. I have written a couple of letters to friends and relatives and I did not notarize the letters. However, for some countries and some countries one is expected to submit a notarized copy.

My suggestion is that you takes some time to read the requirements of the visa office that will be processing your guests application. For example, if you are inviting your cousin from Lagos Nigeria to New York USA, then you would need to search for the visa office of USA in Nigeria and read the requirements. This requirements change from time to time so it is a good idea to go over it each time you need to write an invitation letter.

To find the visa office that is responsible for your guest’s visa application, simply type “visa Office of Country you reside in – Country your guest resides in” For example – United States of America visa office Nigeria.

Usually you should choose the website that contains .gov in it. There are many websites that try to mimic the official website. Be careful to choose the one that has the .gov extension. In our example it will be the 5th website listed in the screen above.

Once you find the site that you are looking for. Simply navigate to the visa page and look for the requirements for applying for a tourist visa. You will usually find a checklist in which you will be able to confirm if a notarized invitation letter is needed or not.

My Personal Advice – I would advice that the letter be notarized. It shows that the document is authentic and there is someone in the country other than the host who confirms the validity of the proposed trip.

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