The stone age is no more; the world is now a global village.
If you are a lawful permanent citizen of the United States, you might want to know how to invite someone from Africa to the USA.
An American who wishes to invite a friend to the US can ask the friend to apply for the B-2 tourist visa. To make the visa application easier, consider writing to him/her an invitation letter. Your visitor will take this official invitation letter to the US Consulate or Embassy when attending the visa interview.
The letter must state the expected date of departure and arrival.
After all, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Why won’t you want to extend an invitation for an African brother or sister to visit you?
The US is quite a hospitable country. Unfortunately, some African countries don’t easily get American visas. This is due to one or two reasons best known by US immigration officers.
If you know the rules, the intricacies of how to invite someone from Africa to the USA shouldn’t be a problem. That’s what you are about to discover in this article.
What documents do I need to invite someone to the USA?
As a responsible sponsor, this is the first question that would likely pop up in your mind if you are thinking about inviting an African friend to America.
Here are the documents that you need to invite someone to the USA
- Fill the Affidavit of Support Form I-134.
- Write a letter of invitation to your visitor.
- Write an official letter to the US consulate concerned, asking them to kindly grant your visitor a visa. You must give them a reason to trust you and your visitor.
- Attach your financial documents to the Consulate’s letter. This should include your:
1.Up-to-date tax returns
- Proof of residential status in America. Necessary documents include:
- US passport
- Citizenship certificate
- Green Card copy (if any)
- Copies of your H1/L1 visas
- Approval forms for I-797 and I-94
- Employment letter may also be needed if you work in a company
NB: The birth certificate of the US sponsor may be required if the sponsor is inviting or his/her parents. These documents will be needed by the Consulate during the visa interview.
How to Get an Invitation Letter from the USA
- If you want to get an invitation to the US, then you have to request it from a permanent US citizen.
- By all standards, the writer of this letter should be a fairly reputable personality.
- Apart from stating the vital reasons for your visit, the sponsor must attach evidence of his financial situation, residential address and other requirements.
If you are unsure of the specific documents that must accompany the letter, seek further clarification from the US Embassy.
Preferably, the earlier you request an invitation letter— the better your visa application.
To save yourself from last-minute inconvenience, request for invitation letter for a visitor visa to a friend in the USA, at least 3—4 months before your trip.
How to Invite Someone from Nigeria to the USA?
I will show you how to invite someone from Nigeria to the USA. But there are few issues we must look at if we want to understand why the US doesn’t trust Nigerians (and other African countries).
Thanks to their humongous population, Nigerians are all over the world, including the US.
This large West African country is the home of about 200 million people, as of 2020 — making it the most highly-populated country in the African continent.
On a bad note, Nigeria is synonymous with corruption, terrorism and fraud. On a good note, Nigeria has a fast-growing economy. Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is a Nigerian.
Due to the rampancy of terrorism (Boko Haram) and scammers in Nigeria, most American authorities don’t trust Nigerians. In fact, the US government is very strict on its visas for Nigerians.
Why do you think PayPal blacklisted Nigeria, Ghana and other countries? Well, it’s because of past fraud incidences.
All these unfortunate events have tightened up US visa requirements for Nigerians and Ghanaians.
In any case, it doesn’t matter at all. Nigerian Americans number in hundreds of thousands. You too can become a Nigerian visitor to the USA, even if you don’t get the Green Card.
To invite someone from Nigeria to the USA, the US sponsor can write an invitation letter for the visitor.
This letter is only a beginning; not a visa guarantee.
Since Americans have lost trust in Nigerians, the invitation letters to consulate and visitor must establish reliable reasons for the visit.
When the US consulates do not sense any threat, danger or fear, they may issue the Nigerian a visa.
There have been several past instances when some Nigerians entered the US and disappeared from immigration radar. Others also overstayed their welcome.
How to Invite Someone from Kenya to the USA?
- According to the US Embassy in Kenya, the reason for the visit and other factors determine the visa requirements for Kenyans.
- Kenyans can travel to the US by acquiring immigrant or non-immigrant visas, depending on the circumstances.
- If you are a US sponsor who wants to invite a Kenyan friend to the US for a temporary visit, then you may write an invitation letter to aid his visa application.
A US citizen who wants to permanently invite a Kenyan to the USA must file an immigration petition by filling the I-130 form.
This is possible if the sponsor is an employer or an immediate relative of the Kenyan.
When the US Immigration and Citizenship Services approve your petition, then the Kenyan can apply for his immigrant visa to the United States.
Permanent American citizens can also write an invitation letter for tourist visa for a family to the USA if they want a Kenyan family member to come and tour the US.
The sample invitation letter for the visa should be addressed to the Kenyan citizen. On the day of the interview, visa applicants will carry these documents to boost their chances.
Questions and Answers on How to Invite Someone from Africa to the USA
Let’s not mince words. Africans are not very loyal to the African continent, yet they keep sounding horns of Pan-Africanism.
Well, it’s pretty normal. Very soon, we may also be looking at how to invite someone from the USA to Africa.
Thousands of foreigners troop into Africa every year, to feel the atmosphere of the popular continent.
Here are the answers to FAQs on how to invite someone from Africa to the USA.
#Do you need an invitation letter to visit the USA?
The answer is yes and no. Depending on your origin, sometimes, you may need an invitation letter to back your visa application.
The invitation letter isn’t a compulsory document for all visitors to the USA.
The United States has a Visa Waiver Program with some 38, or so countries, including Austria, Denmark, Germany and France.
Visitors from the above countries don’t even need an invitation letter or a visa, if they are moving to the USA for business or tourism, not exceeding 3 months’ stay.
Unfortunately, not a single African country appears on the US visa-waiver list. This means that most Africans can’t enter the United States without a Visa.
#Can a green card holder invite someone to the US?
The good news is that US Green Card Holders can invite their spouses to join them in the States.
However, they can’t sponsor the following class of their family members.
- Parents and grandparents
- Unmarried children aged more than 21-years
US sponsors can also write sample wedding invitation letters for a visitor visa to the USA. But that would also depend on the sponsor’s background and the visitor’s visa-worthiness.
Without any questions, I conclude that you now know how to invite someone from Africa to the USA.