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Note: April SHRS Recognition Day ceremonies are cancelled. A decision has not yet been made as to whether or not they will be rescheduled at a later date. In-person University commencement ceremonies have been postponed, but Pitt will offer a virtual celebration honoring the achievements of the Class of 2020.

Inviting Friends or Relatives to Graduation or Short Term Visits

If you are interested in inviting your friends or relatives to graduation or a short visit to the United States, it is NOT necessary to obtain any documents from OIS or the SHRS Dean’s Office in order to assist them in obtaining a U.S. visa.

NOTE:  This information is to be used if you will NOT be sponsoring dependents on your own F or J visa status. 

Below is a list of suggested items to send to relatives and/or friends when inviting them to the United States for a visit. They, in turn, take these documents to the U.S. consulate or embassy to assist in their visa application.

1. A letter in English to whom you are inviting into the U.S. This letter should state:

  • The purpose of their visit, i.e. graduation, vacation, birth of baby, etc.,
  • The duration of the visit.

2. Visa application forms and fees. Check US Consulate or Embassy’s website for further details.

3. Provide a copy of your immigration documents (Passport, visa, I-94 card, I-20, DS-2019, I-797 approval etc.).

4. Students obtain a copy of your official transcripts from the Registrar’s Office at

Complete information about applying for and obtaining a visitor visa may be found at

If you have any questions on this, please contact OIS.