How to invite someone from Nigeria to USA
How to invite someone from Nigeria to USA
According to the U.S. federal law, Nigerian applicant must apply on their own for a visa to the United States. However, this person can be invited by someone who already lives in the U.S. which can make the process of getting a visa a little easier. If you were thinking about traveling to the USA, you might need to know what documents are needed.
A letter of invitation is a good way to prove that you are a reliable citizen who has a valid reason for visiting and is not expected to ruin the welfare and stability of the country. So, here we are going to talk about how to invite someone from Nigeria to USA and how to write an invitation letter. Photo from nigerianpassports.com What is an invitation letter for a U.S. visa? An invitation letter for U.S. visa is an informal document, a letter that is sent to a person who is requesting his or her presence to make a visit to the USA.
An invitation letter should be sent to the recipient in advance as he might need some extra time to prepare for the trip. Recently, getting a visa to the U.S. from Nigeria is quite challenging. Over a long period, the U.S. government has registered many cases when Nigerians entered the USA and overstayed the visit or never left. While an invitation letter is not an official document required to get the U.S. visa but it helps to show to the consular officer that visitor’s intention is genuine.
Therefore, if someone is traveling to visit a family member or a friend, on business, attend a conference in the USA, it would be better if the host could write and send an invitation letter for visa.
How can I invite someone from Nigeria to USA? It is totally understandable that if you are the U.S. citizen or resident who has relatives in Nigeria, you would like to have them visit the United States. However, this can be not an easy thing to do. The reasons why a Nigerian citizen needs to visit the United States are not always clear to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. For this purpose, the U.S. citizen or resident might need to send a letter of invitation to the U.S. Embassy to reassure the consular officers that an invited person is not going to break the U.S. law. In general, an invitation letter to the USA cannot guarantee that the visa will be issued.
The thing is an invitation letter is not even an official document, but it helps to clarify the travel intentions of the Nigerian visitor. While an invitation letter cannot be based on the sponsor’s assurance, an invited person must apply for the visa according to his/her own circumstances. On the basis of the invitation letter, visa application, and interview, consular officers determine whether or not the visa applicant will get a visa. Once you agreed on the trip details with your friend or relative from Nigeria, you can write a letter of invitation. It may seem a little awkward, but you will have to explain the consular officer why your invitee should be allowed to enter the country. So, tell them why he/she is not a dangerous person but not in such a direct manner. As mentioned above, in the invitation letter you need to include information that a visitor has strong ties to the home country, for example, close family, property, a good job, studies, etc. that he would not normally abandon. Writing a letter of invitation is not necessary, but it helps in getting your family member or friend from Nigeria approved for a tourist or business visa. There actually is no form or regulation for the invitation letters.
It should be addressed either to the U.S. Embassy located in Abuja, Nigeria or to the person you are inviting to the U.S. In both cases, all the necessary information should be provided in an appropriate form. For the adresser, the following details should be included: the complete name of the host date of birth the address and telephone number in the United States occupation and status of the host in the USA a copy of a document proving his status in the USA For the addressee, the following details should be included: complete name date of birth the person’s address and telephone number host’s relationship to the person being invited the purpose of the trip the period the person being invited is going to stay in the USA information about accommodation and living expenses You can start the first paragraph with the statement about your occupation and income as well as a possibility to provide your visitor with a place to stay.
You might ask why do you need to prove your income? The thing is you are the only person who can vouch for the person who is coming to the U.S. This way, you will show the U.S. Embassy that you care for your visitor during his stay. You can continue your letter of invitation by explaining who is the person you are inviting and what is their reason for a visit. List his or her name (as stated in his/her international passport), an address of his/her residence in Nigeria, your guest’s international passport number, telephone number, e-mail address. Explain what relationship you are in with the visitor. You may even be a translator which can also help to ease the process of application. The reason why he/she is visiting the U.S. may include traveling on business or tourism. He/she might like to see the country, enjoy the culture with a family member, spouse, etc. Remember that tourist or business visa excludes the possibility of permanent work or stay.
The last paragraph must include the details about the applicant's stay including location and time frames of entry and exit from the USA. It is essential to state when the visa applicant is planning to leave the USA which has to be agreed with the host in advance. End the invitation letter with a respectful request for a visa for the applicant. For example, "I respectfully request that you issue a visa so that (name of friend) may enter the United States as my guest".