Since 9/11/01, U.S. Embassies and Consulates are asking more frequently for visa applicants to provide letters from their U.S. employers, certifying the applicants' employment status in the United States. In addition, such letters assist the Consular officers in determining whether or not a security clearance should be conducted before the visa is issued.
Specific, standardized guidelines on the exact information that should be included in the letters have not been provided. However, below please find a suggested format and guidance for content if you are asked to write a letter in support of a visa application by your foreign postdoctoral associates, fellows and/or other international visitors.
[On department, lab, or center letterhead:]
To Whom It May Concern:
Signature of inviting faculty member or principal investigator
Last Updated: May 2004