UMD: A Globally Connected University
ISSS provides several letter categories to our F1 & J1 sponsored students:
To submit your letter request, log into your iTerp account and navigate to F-1/J-1 Student Services>Letter Request. Once submitted ISSS will contact you when your letter is ready for pick-up at the ISSS office (1126 H.J. Patterson Hall, College Park, MD 20742). Please allow at least 5 business days for processing. Special letters may require additional processing time.
Students on OPT/CPT:
ISSS does not issue invitation letters. No invitation letter is needed if the purpose of the activity is for sightseeing and visiting the United States.
As instructed from the travel.state.gov website these letters are not required by the embassy to issue a B2 visa. The Student/Scholar should submit a copy of their I-20/or DS2019 to the relative applying for the tourist visa. You can also send an Enrollment Verification Certificate along with the copy of your passport. The B2 visa is designated for tourist activities, such as sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, obtaining medical treatment, etc.