ISSS No longer Issues Letters of Certification (LOCs) or Letters of Invitation (LOIs)
The ISSS is no longer issuing Letters of Certification (LOCs) or Letters of Invitation (LOIs). Please be aware these letters are not required by the US Embassy or Consulate to obtain a visa. However, if you would still like to provide documentation to an embassy for yourself or others, please take note of the following:
Letter of Certification: If you need proof that you have maintained your enrollment at Binghamton University, you can make that request online through the Office of Student Records (formerly the Registrar's Office). Please follow the instructions on their website.
Letter of Invitation: If you would like to invite your family/friends to visit you, you can write the invitation letter yourself! Invitation letters are not required by the US Embassy or Consulate to apply for a tourist visa. However, if you wish to provide a letter, it should include the following:
- Your name, the reason for you living in the U.S., and your current immigration status (likely F-1 or J-1)
- The names of your family members who wish to visit, and an explanation of the purpose of their visit and how long they expect to stay.
- You can also provide a copy of your I20's/DS-2019, if you feel comfortable doing so.
For more information on applying for a tourist visa, please visit the following site: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs