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How to Write a Letter of Invitation for a UK Visa

If you wish to act as a sponsor for a visitor to the UK, you may have to write a letter of invitation.

For more information about UK visitor visas and the requirements when applying for one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert immigration lawyers on  0333 305 9375 , or contact us  online .

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What is a Letter of Invitation?

A letter of invitation (also known as a sponsorship letter or sponsor letter) is a letter written by a UK-based sponsor to support a friend, family member, or partner’s UK visitor visa application.

This is usually because you will need to demonstrate that you have ties to the visa applicant in question and that you will be able to support or accommodate the visitor for the entire duration of their stay in the UK.

The main content of the letter will be you inviting the visitor to stay in your home. Details about yourself, the visitor, and the trip itself should also be included in order to give the fullest and most detailed description of the visit as possible.

In addition, you should also include copies of supporting documents to verify and back up the information contained within the invitation letter.

What Are the Requirements for a Letter of Invitation?

In order for the invitation letter to be taken as valid evidence, you should:

  • Be a UK citizen, legal resident, or lawful permanent resident
  • Be a friend, relative, or partner/spouse of the visitor
  • Have a registered place of accommodation (such as a house or a flat that you rent or own)
  • Have enough space to accommodate the visitor for the whole duration of their stay

All of the information included in the letter must be truthful and accurate.

Who Should the Letter of Invitation be Addressed To?

Although the purpose of the letter of invitation is to invite someone to stay in your home, the letter doesn’t need to be addressed directly to the visitor.

This is because the invitation letter is simply a formality intended to convey supporting information such as your personal details, the visitor’s details and details about the visit to the British Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) or UK consular officer.

Therefore, the letter does not need to be written as though you are writing to, speaking to, or inviting the visitor directly.

Instead, it’s perfectly acceptable to write as though you are addressing the ECO, rather than the visitor. If so, then you may wish to start the letter with ‘Dear Sir/Madam’, or ‘To whom it may concern’.

However, you may wish to address the invitation letter to the visitor you are inviting to stay if you wish. This would then be written as ‘Dear <visitor’s name>’.

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What Information Should be Included in the Letter of Invitation?

Basic information to be included in the letter of invitation.

The letter of invitation should ideally contain details about the host, the visitor, and the trip itself.

It should include the host’s:

  • Full address
  • Telephone number
  • Status in the UK
  • Relationship to the visitor

In addition to this, it should also include the visitor’s:

  • Travel itinerary
  • Relationship to the host

The sponsor letter should also give details about the trip itself. The letter should include details regarding the following:

  • The length of the stay
  • The start and end dates of the stay
  • The purpose of the visit
  • The accommodation
  • Living, travel and other expenses

Additional Information to be Included in the Letter of Invitation

Details regarding the expenses should be outlined by the host. This may be stating that the host intends to fully financially support the visitor throughout the trip, including living and food costs. Alternatively, the invitation letter may state that the host and visitor intend to share costs throughout the trip, or that the visitor intends on paying a certain amount of the costs of the visit.

It may be that you’re unable to provide exact dates of the trip, as you or the visitor haven’t made any firm arrangements yet.

If so, then it’s acceptable to give a rough idea of the number of days or the date in the invitation letter. For example, this may be expressed as ‘I am inviting <visitor’s name> to stay with me for two weeks in August’, or ‘The visit will last for around eight days in November or December’.

In addition, if you and the visitor are planning to stay somewhere other than (or in addition to) your own home, you should include details about this also. This may be written as ‘We are also planning to stay in <location’s address> for three nights from <start date> to <end date>.

When outlining the purpose of the visit in the invitation letter, it may be something as simple as sightseeing, or wanting to spend time with friends or relatives. However, if the visitor is travelling to the UK for a specific reason, such as to attend a specific event or to take a course, then this should be mentioned in the letter.

What Supporting Documents Should be Included with the Letter of Invitation?

In order for the invitation letter to be accepted by the ECO, it should be accompanied by copies of supporting documents to back up the information included in the letter.

For example, these might be documents that prove your status as a UK citizen, or ones that prove that you’re able to financially support the visitor throughout the stay.

Below are some examples of supporting documents you may wish to include with the invitation letter:

  • A scan of your UK passport
  • A scan of something that confirms your status in the UK, such as biometric residence permit
  • Proof of rental or ownership of your home, such as a tenancy agreement
  • Proof of financial means, such as bank statements
  • Copies of any travel, accommodation or activity plans already arranged
  • Any other legal document that will support the visitor’s visa application

There are no specific documents that absolutely must be included with the letter. However, the more documents you include, the stronger the support for the visa application will be.

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Sample Letter of Invitation

Below is an example of what a letter of invitation for a visitor visa or family visitor visa may look like. Note that this is only a rough template, and sections may be added, taken away, or edited as needed according to your own personal circumstances.

<Your Name>

<Your Address>

<Your phone number>

<Your email address>

<Date>

Application for visitor visa for <visitor’s name>

To whom it may concern,

This is a letter of invitation inviting <visitor’s name, with date of birth> to come and stay with me, <your full name, with date of birth> in the UK. They will stay with me for <length of stay> at my address in <location> from <start date> to <end date>.

<Visitor’s name> is my <type of relationship here, with length of time known if applicable>, and the intention of the trip will be sightseeing, seeing family and travelling to local areas of interest.

In addition to <visitor’s name> staying in my own home, we will also spend three days lodging at <name of accommodation or place> from <start date> to <end date>. The address of the lodging is <address>.

I am a UK citizen by birth and work as a <occupation>. I fully intend to financially support <visitor’s name> for the duration of the trip, including food, room and board, and travel costs within the UK. I also have more than enough room in my own home to accommodate <visitor’s name> for the duration of their trip.

Please find attached copies of my British passport, tenancy agreement, work ID, and booking details of the lodgings in <location>. I have also enclosed a copy of my bank statement from <date> to confirm that I have the necessary funds to fund <visitor’s name>’s visit to the UK.

If you require any more information from me, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Yours faithfully,

<your signature>

<your name>

How Can IAS Help?

If you’re required to write an invitation letter to support a UK visitor visa, it’s important to be clear on what you’re expected to include in it, as well as what supporting documents you will need.

However, if you require any assistance with writing an invitation letter for a UK visa, or if you have any questions about the process, IAS are here to help.

We are expert immigration lawyers who have years’ worth of experience in UK immigration law. We can assist you with any UK immigration or visa issue, including advising you on how to write, format and complete a letter of invitation for a UK visitor visa.

For more information about the services we offer, and to speak to one of our trusted legal advisers, get in touch with us today on  0333 305 9375 , or contact us through our form  online .

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What is a letter of invitation?

Who should write the letter, what should be included in your visa invitation letter, tips for writing a successful uk visitor visa invitation letter.

Unless you are a non-visa national i.e. you are NOT visa-exempt, and need to visit the UK, you will need to apply for a ' Visitor Visa ' to enter the UK.

There are several types of visitor visas, each one permitting different/specific activities:

  • A Standard Visitor Visa permits you to come to the UK for activities including tourism, visiting family and friends, conducting specific business activities (such as attending a meeting or conference), receiving medical treatment or for short term study. - This visa is also commonly known as a “Visit visa” or “Tourist visa.”
  • A Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa allows certain professionals to come to the UK for a paid engagement by a UK-based organisation or client.
  • A Marriage Visitor Visa gives you permission to get married/register a civil partnership, or give notice of a marriage or a civil partnership in the UK
  • Visa to pass through the UK in transit is required to pass through the UK in transit (on route to another country).

General Requirements of the Visitor Visa

As well as having a valid passport/travel document for the duration of your trip, the Home Office will also require you to sufficiently demonstrate that you are coming to the UK as a 'genuine visitor', which means that you will need to clearly evidence:

  • That you will leave the UK when you finish your visit
  • You have sufficient funds for your travel from and return back to your home country
  • You will be able to financially support yourself and your dependants during your stay
  • You are not attempting to establish permanent residence in the UK or make it your primary residence by frequent or consecutive visits.

How do you prove that you meet the requirements?

You will demonstrate the above to the Entry Clearance Officer assessing your application, by submitting relevant documents to support your case.

One of the documents you may need to include is a 'letter of invitation', depending on the reason(s) for your visit to the UK.

A letter of invitation (also referred to as an invitation letter or sponsorship letter) is usually required when:

  • You will be visiting and/or staying in the UK with family, friends or partners.
  • You need to carry out activities relating to your employment/profession or study outside the UK (e.g. attending business meetings or performing as a musician, participating in an academic exchange).
  • Participating in a (permitted) paid engagement for UK-based organisation or client.

Why do you need a letter of invitation?

As previously stated, the Home Office wants to see that you will be coming to the UK as a genuine visitor. The letter of invitation serves as (further/additional) evidence of the purpose for your visit, what you will be doing during your stay and any other critical information that is relevant e.g. your family member or friend will be providing you accommodation and/or financial support for your trip.

Ultimately you want to make it clear to the Entry Clearance Officer that you will not be breaching the rules of your visit visa when you come to the UK.

Who should write your UK Visa Invitation Letter

If you are staying with family/friends

The letter will need to be written by the person that will be providing your accommodation and/or they will be financially supporting you, and addressed for the attention of the Entry Clearance Officer.

The person needs to be a British citizen or legal resident in the UK (known as the resident sponsor). Although the person writing the letter of invitation is not required to be a relative of the visa applicant, the relationship needs to be genuine, and needs to be sufficiently proven accordingly.

If you will be carrying out Permitted Paid Engagements

The letter needs to be written by the relevant UK-based organisation or client that you will be doing work for/with.

If you need to attend a business meeting, training, conference etc

The letter needs to be written by the organisation(s) sending you and/or inviting you to attend.

If you will be performing at an Event or Exhibition

A letter of invitation will need to be provided by the respective event organiser.

The purpose of the visit

The letter should explain the primary reason for the visit, such as to visit family or friends, for a holiday, to attend/perform at an event, for business purposes etc.

The length of your stay

The letter should specify the planned length of your stay, including the planned dates of arrival and departure.

A general background of the Applicant

You should mention the relevant ties to your home country, such as if you are in full-time employment, run a business or have assets there.

An overview of the your travel plans in the UK

The letter should provide an overview of your travel plans in the UK, including any planned activities or events.

A detailed itinerary is only really required if you will be carrying out professional engagements.

The relationship between the person writing the invitation letter and the visa applicant

The letter should explain the nature of the relationship between the person writing the letter and the visa applicant, such as being friends, relatives, employer, client etc.

A statement of financial support

If the person writing the invitation letter is offering to cover the costs of the trip, they should include a statement of financial support in the letter. This should include details of the level support they are providing and how the costs will be covered.

The location of where you will be staying

You will need to provide the full address where you will be staying, and (if applicable) the name and contact information of the person providing the accommodation.

All of the information included in the letter must be truthful and accurate

As well as being honest and transparent about your intentions for coming to visit the UK, It is important to ensure that the information you include matches with the application form.

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Use a formal tone and professional format:

The invitation letter should be written in a formal tone, using proper grammar and spelling. it should also be formatted with a clear structure and layout. where appropriate, try to incorporate bullet points or numbered lists to help break up the text and make the letter easy to read and cross-reference for the home office caseworker., include all relevant information in a clear and concise manner:.

The letter should include all the necessary information about the planned visit, such as the purpose of the visit, the length of the stay, and the location of the stay. This information should be presented in a clear and concise manner.

What other Supporting Documents need to be submitted for the Visitor Visa Application?

Unfortunately there is no one-size fits all set of documents that can be applied to support your visitor visa application, as the items you must submit will always be subject to your personal circumstances. However, the core items you will be expected to include are:

  • A copy of your valid Passport/Travel document
  • Proof of Finances, such as Bank statements
  • Evidence of suitable accommodation you have arranged in the UK
  • Confirmation of any travel bookings, or relevant activity plans already scheduled

If you are required to provide one, an invitation letter will play an essential part in your UK visitor visa application. A well-written letter can help to demonstrate that you are coming as a genuine visitor to the UK.

To make an invitation letter most effective, it needs to be well structured and include all the relevant information in a clear and concise manner so it is easy to read, and correlates with the information on the application form and other supporting documents.

Ultimately, it is just one of many supporting documents you will need to submit for a successful application to get the visa granted.

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A guide to writing a Letter of Invitation for a UK Visitor Visa

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The Letter of Invitation for a UK Visa, also known as a Sponsorship Letter for a UK Visa and as a Sponsor Letter, allows an individual to sponsor their friend, partner, or family member to come to the UK as part of their Standard Visitor Visa application. Please note that the letter does not guarantee entry into the UK, as the applicant for the visa must also meet other requirements.

The individual sponsoring the person visiting the UK must write the Letter of Invitation themselves. Alternatively, they could download a template, but they would still have to fill in the details themselves.

We shall tell you the important information you need to know about the letter, and how you can go about writing one. 

Who can write a Letter of Invitation for a UK Visa?

There are certain requirements that you must meet if you plan on sponsoring and hosting someone to stay with you. 

The requirements are:

  • That you are a UK citizen, or a lawful permanent resident
  • Related to the person you are sponsoring, or are their friend or partner
  • Have a registered place to stay in the UK that you own or rent (a house or flat)
  • Enough space in your home to accommodate your visitor

How do I write the letter?

First, you will need to address the letter to the Home Office, not the person you are sponsoring. This is because an Entry Clearance Officer or UK Consular Officer will be dealing with the application, and so will need to read the letter to ensure everything is in order. 

Since you will not know the name of the person reading the letter, you can choose to start the letter off with: ‘to whom it may concern’.

Ensure that your letter is written in a formal, official tone that is suitable to be read by a government official.

What should be included in an Invitation Letter for a UK Visa?

In your letter, you should include the following information about yourself:

  • Address and telephone number
  • Status in the UK (such as immigration status or citizenship)
  • Relationship to the visitor

Information about the visitor you are sponsoring should include:

  • Relationship to you
  • Length of stay and travel itinerary 
  • Purpose of visit
  • How their expenses will be covered

There may be other details you will need to include. For example, if you and your visitor are going to be staying elsewhere during their trip, then you will need to include the address of where you are staying and the dates you will be staying there for. 

All of the information you include must be completely truthful and accurate. If there are any inaccuracies, then the applicant’s Visitor Visa application will be refused.

Do I need to include supporting documents?

When you send your letter to the Home Office, you will also need to include supporting documents. 

The documents you will need to include with your letter are:

  • Your valid UK passport
  • Evidence of your status in the UK (such as a biometric residence permit)
  • Proof of ownership or proof that you rent your home (such as a mortgage statement, letter from the landlord, or a tenancy agreement)
  • Evidence that you have the financial means to support your visitor (such as a bank statement)
  • Copies of travel, accommodation and or activity documents showing your plans

You do not need to send your original documents, scanned copies will be accepted. 

What reasons can someone use a Visitor Visa for?

As you outline in the Invitation Letter for a UK Visa the reason for the visit, you should know what counts as a valid reason to use the Visitor Visa. 

It can be used for more than just a visit to friends and family or tourism.

The visa can also be used for:

  • Attending an event
  • Taking a short course for up to 30 days
  • Carrying out research for academic, scientific or any other purpose
  • Undertaking a Permitted Paid Engagement , such as giving a lecture or performing as a musician
  • Volunteer for up to 30 days
  • Take an exam or study
  • Attend meetings or interviews
  • Medical reasons
  • School exchange programmes

Additionally, the visa allows you to work remotely from the UK; however, it cannot be the main reason for a visit. 

How we can help

If you or someone you know wants to visit the UK, then we can help.

Our team of immigration experts can assist you with the drafting of an Invitation Letter for a UK Visa, as well as guide you through every step of the application process for a Standard Visitor Visa. 

Arrange a free 10-minute consultation to discuss your needs with a member of our team. After this, you can arrange a longer consultation that can last either 30 minutes, or an hour.

The team member you initially talk to will act as your point of contact in the company, and you can ask them any questions you may have. 

Get in touch with us today if you need any help with a Visitor Visa or the Invitation Letter for a UK Visa. 

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Inviting friends and family to come visit you in the uk.

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Standard Visitor visa

Valid reasons for visiting the uk, proper and appropriate accommodations, access to sufficient funds to support themselves, strong ties to their home country, genuine relationship with you.

Your friends and family might wish to visit you in the UK so that you can spend time together as well as see and experience the various attractions around the country. If they are not exempt (this depends on their nationality), then they will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

The full requirements are available on the official UK Government page for Standard Visitor visas which also details what the visitors can and cannot do in the UK. The documents they will need to provide is extensive, as they will have to prove that (among other things) they have:

  • Access to sufficient funds (either self-funded or by a third-party, such as you) to support themselves
  • Strong ties to their home country where they will return to after their UK visit (i.e. they will not illegally over-stay in the UK)
  • A genuine relationship with you

As a supporting document you should provide them a letter of invitation that they will include as part of their application. This is important especially if you’re helping them apply, as it establishes your relationship with them and makes clear what kind of support you will be providing them during their visit. A letter of invitation will strengthen their application, giving it a better case for approval.

I’m sharing the template I use; download the letter of invitation in support of a visitor visa application here . The template has placeholders for all the information noted above, and guidance on how to fill-out and print the document. Edit it accordingly, and send it (along with other required evidence from you) to the visitor so they can include it when they submit their application.

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Visitors generally can perform tourist activities as well as business-related (not work – this is different) activities as outlined in the UK Government’s Visitor Rules . What they cannot do are:

  • Do paid work
  • Do unpaid work
  • Live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits
  • Get public funds
  • Marry or enter into a civil partnership, or provide notice of marriage or civil partnership

A detailed guidance for visitors can be found at the official Visit Guidance by the UK Government.

You must ensure that the invitation letter clearly indicates the reasons the visitor is coming to UK, and that those reasons are valid.

If you are accommodating the visitors in your home then you’ll need to prove that:

  • You legally live where you claim to live: this can be your lease agreement or your council tax bill
  • Your residence is physically sufficient to house you and your guests: this can be your lease agreement showing the number of bedrooms your residence has, or a letter from your agent or landlord

If your visitors will be staying in paid accommodations then they will need to show that they can afford this on top of the other expenditures for their trip as well as their other expenditures in their home country while they are away.

Your visitors will need to show they have enough liquid funds to support themselves during their visit, and that they have had access to these funds for some time.

As the cost of living varies wildly in the UK depending on location, it is not prescribed how much these funds should be. The visitor should demonstrate that they understand what the costs are for where they are going and what they are planning to do, and that they have funds in excess of this, on top of the money set aside for regular expenditures (such as mortgage) in their home country. Additionally, they should be able to show that this money has been available in their account for some time; this duration is not prescribed but six months is a safe figure to use.

If you are paying for their visit then you’ll need to show that you can afford this on top of your own day-to-day costs of living in the UK.

The UK wants certainty that visitors will go back to their home country after their visit, and not stay in the UK illegally. Visitors thus will need to provide evidence that they have strong ties to their home country. This can be shown in a number of ways:

  • The visitor has a stable job in their home country
  • The visitor owns properties or businesses in their home country
  • The visitor has other relatives that depend on them, living in their home country

All of these will have to be evidenced and included as part of their application. You should reiterate in your support letter that the visitor will return to their home country after they visit you in the UK.

You need to show how you are connected to the visitor. If you are friends or colleagues, you need to provide more detail (as opposed to if you were family); for instance, how you first met, or how long you have known each other.

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Letter of Invitation for friends and family to visit the UK – Guidelines and Samples

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To apply for the UK visit visa it is required that the applicant submits an invitation letter. A letter of invitation for the UK visit visa is a letter written by a citizen or legal resident of the United Kingdom, addressed to a foreigner with whom they have family ties or friendship, inviting them to stay over at their house. It is also a confirmation that they have enough room for the visitor, for the entire period of their stay in the UK.

This letter, also known as a sponsorship letter for UK Visa, can also be written in another format. The letter can be written addressed to the UK consular officer, confirming that they are willing to admit an international with whom they have family ties or friendship, and also that they have enough room for the visitor for the entire period of their stay in the UK. Either version is acceptable.

In order for the letter to be valid and taken into account by the UK consular officer, the host who writes the letter must fulfil the following requirements:

  • must be a UK citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • must be a visitor’s friend, boyfriend/girlfriend or relative
  • must have a registered place (home, flat)
  • must have enough room for the visitor during their whole period of stay in the UK

How to Write a Letter of Invitation for a UK Visa?

Though writing an invitation letter might sound challenging especially for the host, it is actually a very simple thing to do. If you are the host, you will just have to write down why you are willing to admit this person in your house and how long they are going to stay. However, if you still feel clueless here you have a guideline on how to write a letter of invitation for a UK Visa. Download a sample invitation letter here .

Decide to whom you are going to address the letter, to your guest or the consular officer. It might seem a tricky decision to make, but it does not matter that much. The important thing is what you say and not to whom. In both cases, the consular officer is going to read it.

If you do not know where to start writing a letter of invitation for a UK visa, write the following information in a list:

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your full address and telephone number in the United Kingdom
  • Your occupation
  • Your status in the United Kingdom
  • Visitor’s full name
  • Visitor’s date of birth
  • Visitor’s address and telephone number
  • Visitor’s relationship to the host
  • Visitor’s purpose of the trip
  • How long the guest intends to stay in the UK (specific dates)
  • Details on accommodation and living expenses
  • Your signature

Every sponsorship letter for UK visa must contain the above-listed information. After writing all this information in a paper, then you can start arranging it in the form of a letter and shaping it.

Supporting Documents

In order for what is written in the letter to be taken into account by the consular officer, it is better for the host to send some additional documents alongside the Letter of Invitation. These extra requirements are not a must, but they are still a huge plus in visitor’s favour. These documents are as follows:

  • A scanned copy of the host’s ID/passport
  • Evidence of their status in the UK
  • Evidence of means of subsistence (if the host will financially support the guest)
  • Proof of home / flat ownership or rental contract
  • You may also add any other document that you believe would help your visitor in getting their visa.

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Visit the UK as a Standard Visitor

Apply for a standard visitor visa.

If you need a Standard Visitor visa, you must apply online before you travel to the UK and attend an appointment at a visa application centre.

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.

You must meet the eligibility requirements and only do permitted activities .

Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa to visit the UK. You can check if you need a visa before you apply.

You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa, or if you visit the UK regularly you can choose to apply for a long-term Standard Visitor visa instead.

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Documents and information you’ll need to apply

You must have a passport or travel document that is valid for the whole of your stay in the UK. There must be a blank page in your passport for your Standard Visitor visa.

You’ll need to provide the following information in your online application:

  • the dates you’re planning to travel to the UK
  • where you’ll be staying during your visit
  • how much you think your trip will cost
  • your current home address and how long you’ve lived there
  • your parents’ names and dates of birth (if known)
  • how much you earn in a year (if you have an income)
  • details of any criminal, civil or immigration offences you may have committed

Depending on your circumstances, you might also need to provide:

  • details of your travel history for the past 10 years
  • your employer’s address and telephone number
  • your partner’s name, date of birth and passport number
  • the name and address of anyone paying for your trip
  • the name, address and passport number of any family members you have in the UK
  • a certificate proving that you’ve had a tuberculosis ( TB ) test if you’re visiting for more than 6 months

You need to provide additional documents if you’re visiting the UK:

  • as an academic
  • for certain paid engagements or events (a ‘permitted paid engagement’
  • for medical reasons

You must provide certified translations of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

Proving your identity and providing your documents

As part of your online application, you need to book an appointment at a visa application centre. Allow time to attend your appointment, as the visa application centre could be in another country.

At your appointment, you’ll need to:

  • prove your identity with your passport or travel document
  • have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken
  • provide the required documents that show you’re eligible for a Standard Visitor visa

The visa application centre may keep your passport and documents while processing your application.

How long it takes to get a decision

Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

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If you are a British citizen or legal resident and planning to invite your friends or family to visit the United Kingdom, an invitation letter for UK visa is needed. As part of the official supporting documentation, there are strict requirements for the content and format of the letter. In this passage, we are going to talk about what is letter of invitation for visa UK , why we need it, sample UK invitation letter , and how to write a perfect one.

What Is UK Visa Invitation Letter

An invitation letter is written by a UK-based sponsor who sponsors a friend, family member, or partner to visit the country, so it is also known as a sponsorship letter or sponsor letter. The letter is used to support UK visa applications. In this letter, you have to explain the relationship between you and the applicant and demonstrate details about yourself, the traveler, and the travel plan.

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Who Can Write the letter of Invitation for Visa?

To make the letter a valid supporting document, the person who writes the letter should:

  • be a UK citizen or legal resident.
  • know the applicant you sponsor. For example, you are a partner/spouse, relative, or friend of the applicant.
  • have a registered home in the UK, either privately owned or rented
  • have enough room to accommodate the applicant.

Who Should the Visa Letter of Invitation be Addressed To?

Although the topic of this letter is to invite someone to visit you, it also serves as an explanation to the visa officer about your relationship and the trip. Therefore, it is usually addressed to the British Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) or UK consular as one of the supporting documents for the UK visa application, opening with “Dear Sir/Madam”, or “To whom it may concern”.

Additionally, it is also acceptable when it is addressed to the applicant as if you are talking with him/her. In this case, you should start with “Dear <the applicant’s name>”.

Why Do I Need an Invitation Letter for UK Visa

It aims to prove the close ties between you and the applicant. All necessary details of both parties must be included, so the authority can verify your identity. Moreover, it indicates that the visa applicants will be sponsored or accommodated during their stay in the UK instead of acquiring support from the government. The letter is required for those who visit the UK to:

  • visit or join family or friends;
  • take a business trip relating to a job or profession, such as attending a conference or business meeting, academic exchange or performance
  • carry out a permitted paid engagement

How To Write an Invitation Letter for UK Visa

It might sound difficult to write such a formal letter. That’s not true if you follow our instructions.

First of all, you need to figure out who the letter is addressed to. Although your guest can also read the letter, it is formally written to the UK embassy or consulate officer who reviews the visa application. The tone should be official and courteous. As it remains uncertain who will check the letter, please start with “Dear Sir or Madam”.

Then you should explain the reasons why you want to host the applicant, how long he/she will stay, what he/she will do while staying in the UK, and how the travel expenses are covered. The following information should be included.

  • Your full name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your full address in the UK
  • Your phone number
  • Your occupation
  • Your status in the UK, such as temporary resident, permanent resident, or UK citizen
  • The applicant’s full name
  • The applicant’s date of birth
  • The applicant’s address and telephone number
  • The relationship between you and the applicant
  • Travel itinerary, including means of transportation, activities, etc.
  • Date of arrival
  • Date of departure
  • Duration of stay
  • The purpose of travel
  • Accommodation
  • Traveling expenses

Last but not least, don’t forget to sign your name at the end of the letter.

Supporting Documents for Letter of Invitation

To verify the information you provide, it is suggested to attach some extra proof. Scanned copies are acceptable. They are:

  • your identity document or passport
  • proof of your status in the UK, such as temporary or permanent residence card
  • proof of home, such as a property ownership certificate, or tenancy agreement
  • proof of funds, such as bank statements or payslips (on the condition of providing the applicant with financial support)
  • copies of travel itineraries, such as booked air flight tickets
  • any other documents to support the visa application

Sample of UK Visa Invitation Letter 

To make it simpler to write a perfect UK visa letter of invitation , you can find a sample which is available on the University of Salford Website and the Immigration Advice Service (IAS) website. Depending on who the letter is addressed to, here is one of them. Please fill in the personal details or choose proper information within the brackets “<>”.

Sample UK Invitation Letter Addressed to Visa Officer

<Your Name>

<Your Address>

<Your phone number>

<Your email address>

<Date of writing the letter>

Application for visitor/business/employment visa for <visitor’s name>

Dear Sir or Madam,

I’m writing to invite my friend/family, <the applicant’s name, with date of birth>, to visit the UK and live with me, <your full name, with date of birth>. He/she will arrive on <date of arrival> and leave on <date of departure>, staying for <duration of stay>.

I’m a <temporary resident/permanent resident/citizen> of the United Kingdom>, working as <your occupation>. I am fully able to support his/her travel costs in the UK, including food, transportation, accommodation, and possible healthcare (with my bank statements attached). I’m now living at <your address> which is <privately owned by myself/ private rented> and there is enough room to accommodate <the applicant’s name>.

He/she is coming to the UK for <family gathering/traveling/conference/ academic exchange/performance/ engagement>. We will go sightseeing at some tourist attractions, such as <your traveling plans>.

Attached are copies of my UK passport, property ownership certificate/tenancy agreement, ID, and reservation of air tickets/hotels.

If you need extra information, please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

<your signature>

<your name>

Sample UK Invitation Letter Addressed to Applicant

To: <the applicant’s name>

[the applicant’s Address]

Dear <the applicant’s name (no need to be formally addressed)>,

I’m writing to invite you, my <relationship such as parent, sister, or friend>, to visit me in the UK. We have been planning to take a trip for a long time. When you come here, I will take you to <tourist place, with introducing your traveling plan>. In this case, you will learn more about British culture and enjoy the vivid life here.

I am now living in <your address> and I have a room for you. During your stay in the UK, I will take care of all your expenses, such as transportation fees, cost of meals, medical insurance, and any other personal expenses.

Herewith I am sending proof of my < temporary residence, permanent residence, or UK citizenship>, identity, and work as <your profession> in order to help you apply for a necessary tourist.

Let me know if you need anything else.

<your full address>

< your phone number>

<your email>

Why Should You Notarize the Letter of Invitation?

Although the authority does not require the letter to be notarized, it is recommended to do so for the following purposes.

  • Verify the identity of both the host and the applicant.
  • Ensure the authenticity of the information provided.
  • Ensure the host and the applicant are accountable to the promise in the letter.
  • Reduces the risk of fraud.
  • Persuade the officer of the credibility of the letter.

FAQ about UK Visa Invitation Letter

Q: How do I invite someone to a UK visa?

A: If he/she is a non-EEA national, then they will need a standard visitor visa to visit you in the UK. If he/she is from a visa-free country, they should present a valid passport or travel document at the port of entry.

Q: Can an invitation letter be sent via email?

A: Yes, but it is also suggested to provide a physical copy, so the applicant can bring it to the officer while attending the interview.

Q: Does a visa invitation letter need to be notarized?

A: No. It is not mandatory but suggested because it will be more reliable. Make sure all the information is authentic and accurate whether being notarized or not.

Q: Is there any required format for the UK visa invitation letter ?

A: No. Just use a professional tone and include all required information.

Q: Can I write one invitation letter for multiple applicants?

A: Yes, especially when they are families or traveling together. Please note that details of each applicant must be included in the letter.

Q: Should I submit the original invitation letter for visa or copies?

A: It is suggested to keep the original copy for backup and submit a photocopy, scanned copy, or printout.

Q: Must I write the invitation letter in English?

A: It is supposed to be. If it is written in non-English, please include both the original version and a certified translation which is signed and dated by by the translator.

An invitation letter for UK visa is usually required when you legally reside in the United Kingdom and planning to invite/sponsor your family, friend, or partner to visit you. In this letter, you have to explain to the visa officer the relationship between you and the applicant and your ability to sponsor them during their stay in the UK. Please include all necessary information in this formal letter and make sure everything is true and accurate. If you have no idea how to write it, we hope our sample UK invitation letter can help you. For whatever you demonstrate in the letter, don’t forget to attach supporting documents to the visa application.

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This post was most recently updated on May 29th, 2019

How to write an Invitation Letter for UK Visa?

An Invitation Letter for UK Visa is one of the documents that an intending visitor to the UK will use to show the reason for their visit. Although an invitation letter can be very useful, it is not required for obtaining a visitor visa to the UK. It is, however, a good idea to send one to your guest to make their application as robust as possible.  Writing an invitation letter for a UK visitor’s visa can be challenging if you do not know what to write.

To write a good letter, what is important is to ensure that all the required information is in the letter. There is no specific method or style once all the required information is visible in the letter. This letter is sometimes referred to as sponsorship letter for UK visa

In summary, the following should be on the invitation letter.

Your letter should include the following information about the person being invited:

  • Complete name.
  • Date of birth.
  • The person’s address and telephone number.
  • Your relationship to the person being invited.
  • The purpose of the trip.
  • How long the person you are inviting intends to stay in the United Kingdom.
  • Details on accommodation and living expenses.
  • The date the person you are inviting intends to leave the United Kingdom.

Your letter must also include the following information about the person writing the letter :

  • Address and telephone number in the United Kingdom.
  •  Occupation.
  • Your status in the United Kingdom
  • A photocopy of documents proving your status in the United Kingdom and financial Status.

Find a list of documents required for visa application here

Writing an Invitation Letter is just one piece of the puzzle, your guest may need  help with Visa Application or Interview.

To whom do you address your Invitation Letter for Visa

Invitation letter for visa purposes can be addressed to either the guest (the person you are inviting) or the Consular Office, Embassy or Visa Application Center. In most cases, the letter will be given to the guest to attach to their application for a visa. This means that whether you address the letter to your guest or the Embassy, you will still send the letter to your guest.

Before you start writing your letter

Sample invitation letter for uk visa written to a friend.

The following sample invitation letter is written for a friend. You could use the same format for a parent, parents , cousin, uncle or business partners. All you need to do is adjust the text as it suits each situation.

January 27th, 2019

David Smith 191 Masons Avenue, London HA3 5AH United Kingdom +44 020 8876 1234

To Whom It May Concern:

Application for a Standard Visitor Visa: Dorcas Odu; May 13 1980; Passport No: AO345678

I am writing to confirm I wish to invite Dorcas Odu to visit me in the UK for 3 weeks in order to have a short holiday. I hope she will be able to come on 20th of June 2019.

I am a British Citizen and Electrical Engineer Working at DemsTech in London. I will be on vacation at that time.

I am able to accommodate her for the duration of her stay in the UK. Please find attached evidence of my accommodation.

I have enclosed the following documents: • Copy of passport • Tenancy agreement

Should you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully

David Smith

Do not forget to send a scanned copy of your passport. You do not have to notarize the letter.

 How to get a UK Visa

Sample Invitation Letter for UK Visa written to a father

As a British Citizen or anyone who has an eligible status in the UK, you are entitled to have a guest visit you from different parts of the world. Many students come to the UK to study from all over the world, these students often need to have their parent or other relatives visit them. Find below a sample invitation letter written by a Naturalized British Citizen who wants his father to visit him in the UK.

Please take note that you can use the same format to invite a mother, uncle, brother, sister, grandparents. All you have to do is adjust the letter to reflect the different relationships. If your situation is different, simply state your case and let your guest present himself. In some cases, you may mention something about your guest but that is not necessary. This letter is just a document that shows that your guest really has a reason to come to the UK.

 The sample below is just one format for an invitation letter. There are very many other formats. You may choose to write the letter directly to your guest. In both cases, however, it is your guest that you send the letter to.

204 Rye Lane, Peckham London, SE15 4RZUK

12 Nov 2018

British High Commission Upper Hill Road Nairobi

Dear Sir/Madam

Application for Visit Visa: JAMES DONALD MARK – PASSPORT NO – 123456

I am writing to confirm that I Moses Kevin Mark am inviting Mr JAMES DONALD MARK to visit me in the UK.

Mr JAMES DONALD MARK is my father. His passport number is 123456 and his date of birth is 20 April 1945.

He is going to visit the UK from Feb 13, 2019, and will be staying for 10 days. He would be leaving on Feb 23, 2019.During his stay in UK, he will be staying with me and I will be responsible for his transportation in and around the UK.

I am a British Citizen with passport No – 234565. I currently work at British Airways and reside at 201 Rye Lane, Peckham. I have attached a copy of the Biodata page of my Passport and my tenancy agreement.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Yours faithfully,

Moses Kevin Mark [email protected] 44-078-111-1111

Sample Formal Letter of Invitation  for Standard Visitor Visa to the UK written to a husband and wife

Below is a sample letter of invitation. The names on it are fictitious but this format has been used and visas have been issued using this format.

Moses is a 35 year old accountant that lives in Stevenage UK. On his last trip to Hong Kong 4 years ago he met Cindy and Dave (Kenyan citizens) who are also accountants attending the same conference that Moses went to attend. They have been corresponding since then over Facebook and phone calls. This year Cindy and Dave decided to visit Moses in Stevenage Uk.

Here is a sample formal invitation letter that Moses would write to invite Cindy and Dave to UK. This particular letter is addressed to the Consular Officer rather than to Cindy and Dave. All the necessary information are included in the letter. This letter forms one of the supporting documents for the visa application.

February 27th, 2018

(The Address of Moses can be formatted like a personal letterhead)

Moses Mark 234 Jessop Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 5LL, United Kingdom +44 020 8669 1234

The Consular British High Commission P.O. Box 30465-00100, Upper Hill Rd, Nairobi City, Kenya

Dear Consular,

Application for Standard Visitor Visa for Dave Malaba and Cindy Malaba

I am writing to confirm I wish to invite my friends Dave and Cindy to visit me in the UK for 3 weeks during their vacation from April 1, 2018 to April 21, 2018.

I am a British Citizen and a chartered accountant Working at Frank and Coopers Chartered Accountants. I have known Dave and Cindy for 5 years, they are both chartered accountants in Nairobi Kenya. They will be staying at my home in Stevenage during their visit. Please find attached evidence of my accommodation.

Here are some more details about Dave and Cindy Malaba

Dave Malaba Date of Birth: January 1st 1980 Passport No: 000000000 Occupation: Chartered Accountant Address: 234 karibu St, Nairobi, Kenya. Telephone: +200-000-0000

Cindy Malaba Date of Birth: May 1st 1985 Passport No: 000000000 Occupation: Chartered Accountant Address: 234 karibu St, Nairobi, Kenya. Telephone: +200-000-0000

 Sponsorship Declaration to accompany invitation letter for UK visa.

It is possible that you may want to invite a family member or friend who is not in the position to sponsor themselves to the UK or you have simply chosen to sponsor their trip as a gift. If this is the case, it is advisable to fill out a sponsorship declaration form which can then be attached to the invitation letter for UK visa application. You may also choose to write a sponsorship letter .

Once the sponsorship declaration is filled and signed, send them to your guest. ( Here is the form again)

How should the Invitation letter for Visa be delivered?

There is no stipulated way of delivery for your letter of invitation. You can mail it to your guest or scan it and send via email. Some countries however, require that the letter be notarized. In this case, you have to find a way to get the original copy to your guest. In USA, Canada and United Kingdom, a scanned copy of the invitation letter for visa can be sent.

What happens next? After you send the Invitation Letter?

You guest would add the letter to their Visa Application package. They would then submit the application package to the British Embassy in their country or to a visa application collection company (depending on the company). They would pay the visa application fees and wait for an interview with the visa officer at the British Embassy. The procedure for issuing a standard UK visa differs from country to country. What I have provided is just a general overview.

Here is a suggestion of how much the visa fees are as at 2019 according to UK government site.

A Standard Visitor Visa costs £95.

The fee for a long-term Standard Visitor visa depends on its length:

  • 2 years – £361
  • 5 years – £655
  • 10 years – £822

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What is a letter of invitation, who needs a letter of invitation, who is eligible to write a letter of invitation, what should you include in a letter of invitation, should i provide supporting documents with the letter, who should the letter be addressed to, sample letter of invitation, how can a y & j help.

If a friend or loved one would like to come to the UK on a Standard Visitor Visa, including a letter of invitation with their application can greatly increase the likelihood that it will be accepted. 

The UK is an expensive place to visit, so the UK Border Agency will want to confirm that visitors to the UK have the provisions to take care of themselves. This will typically be in the form of a hotel reservation and proof of funds for the duration of their trip. 

But if the person is planning to stay with friends or family during their trip, and their expenses will be generously covered by their host, this can be more difficult to prove.

To get around this issue, some applicants will use a letter of invitation from their hosts to help confirm the details of their visit. If the applicant has had a visitor visa application denied in the past, supplying a letter of invitation with their subsequent application could help to avoid a similar fate.

In this guide, we will explore the purpose of the letter of invitation, who can write one, what needs to be included and then a sample of what a letter of invitation might look like. 

The letter of invitation is simply a formal way to confirm that an individual will be staying in your home during their visit. It can also confirm things like the proposed duration of their visit and how they will fund their trip.

This can give reassurance to Border Control Officers that the purpose of the individual’s visit is genuine. Genuineness is one of the more vague aspects of UK visa application requirements.

The letter of invitation will demonstrate that you have ties to the individual and that you intend to support them during their trip, either by providing accommodation or paying for their living expenses.

Without this letter, the applicant might need to demonstrate that they have a hotel room for the duration of their visit and funds to cover their visit.

A letter of invitation is not a requirement for a Standard Visitor Visa, but it can help to strengthen an application and reduce the chance of scrutiny at the border. To avoid a trip being cancelled at the last minute because you are unable to gain entry clearance to the UK, you might consider securing a letter of invitation.

A letter of invitation is particularly useful if you have limited funds for your trip and you intend to stay with friends or family. The nature of your visit may be called into question if you do not have accommodation booked or you don’t have extensive funds to pay for your visit.

To get around this, we recommend supplying a letter of invitation alongside your application. You should also travel with this letter, as it will include important information that border agents may wish to check before granting you entry clearance.

To be eligible to write an invitation letter for a UK visa, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a UK citizen or have permanent residence
  • You must be a friend, relative or partner/spouse of the visitor
  • You must have your own accommodation, such as a house or flat that you rent or own
  • You must have enough space to accommodate your visitor for the duration of their visit

If you will not be staying at your home for the duration of the visit, you need to provide evidence of other accommodation provisions. For example, this could include a hotel reservation for a weekend trip away.

The person writing the letter should also be aware of what is happening and be able to confirm the details of the letter if asked about this at a later date. You can get help to write the letter, but you should be aware you may be asked to confirm the details later.

Your invitation letter for a UK visa should include all of the relevant information about the visit. This can include:

  • Details of your citizenship or residence status
  • Information about your relationship to the applicant and how long you have known them
  • Details about your accommodation, including the address, type of property and whether you own or rent
  • Information about your occupation and your employer. This will help to confirm you have the funds to support the individual for the duration of their visit, if relevant.
  • Details about the timing of the trip, including the full duration and how long you will be supporting them. You don’t have to have exact dates. For example, you could write “I have invited [applicant] to stay in my home for two weeks in November.”
  • Information about the purpose of the visit, such as visiting family or tourism.
  • If you intend to cover all of their expenses, part of their expenses or none of their expenses.

Above all else, you should be honest in your invitation letter. Don’t feel pressured to lie in the letter just to make things easier for the applicant. For example, if they are only staying with you for a few nights and then they are making their own arrangements, you can state this in the letter. It’s down to the applicant to confirm their arrangements for the trip.

Supporting documents can help to strengthen the merit of your letter of invitation. The documents you provide will all depend on the information you share in the letter. Supporting documents could include:

  • A copy of your passport or proof of residence status
  • Proof of ownership of your property or a tenancy agreement
  • Proof of your financial means, such as bank statements
  • Details of travel plans and itineraries

Anything that can support the statements in your invitation letter will help to improve the chances the individual will be granted entry to the UK.

This part often confuses people as the letter isn’t really intended for anyone in particular, it is just a formal way to confirm you will be hosting the applicant. It’s common to address the letter “To whom it may concern”, or “Dear Sir/Madam”.

If you’re not sure what to include in your letter of invitation, or how to format it, we’ve included a sample letter below. Use this as a reference, but don’t copy it directly, as some of the information might not be relevant to you.

Your Address

Your Phone Number

Your Email Address

Application for Standard Visitor Visa For <Applicant’s Name>

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a letter of invitation for <Applicant’s Name and Date of Birth> to stay with me, <Your Full Name and Date of Birth> at <Your Address> on <Dates of Visit>.

<Applicant’s Name> is my <Relationship to you> and I have known them for <X> years. The purpose of the trip is for sightseeing around the UK and for visiting family members. In addition to two weeks spent at my home, we will also travel to Brighton where we will stay at the <Hotel Name> for <X> days. I have enclosed a copy of your train reservations and hotel booking confirmation.

I am a UK citizen by birth and I have enclosed a copy of my passport to confirm this. I rent my own three-bedroom home and have included a copy of my tenancy agreement to confirm this. My guest will occupy one of the bedrooms for the duration of their visit. I will also be covering their food and travel expenses during this trip.

I am employed full-time as an accountant and have included my three most recent pay cheques and copies of my bank statements to confirm I have the funds to accommodate my guest. I have also included a copy of my holiday request confirmation from my employer to confirm I will be taking annual leave for the duration of my visitor’s stay.

If you require any further information about the visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

<Your Name and Signature>

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Writing an invitation letter is an important part of having a friend, a partner, or a relative relocated to the United Kingdom. Since it is a part of the official procedure, the rules such as the format of the letter of invitation are strict and have to be followed with precision. The article will cover important questions such as how to send an invitation letter for a visa as well as the technical details of the procedure.

What is a Visa Invitation Letter?

The main purpose of such a letter is to support a visa application. It is used in case the applicant is getting invited on sponsorship terms, meaning the author of the letter will provide them with accommodation and support them throughout their stay in the United Kingdom.

With the help of a supporting letter for visa, the Home Office can verify the intentions of the applicant and ensure they won’t need any support from the government during their visit. Even though the sponsor letter for a UK visitor visa is not the most vital part of the procedure, an otherwise perfect application may easily be turned down because of an improper submission of the letter.

Requirements for a Letter of Invitation

The author of an invitation letter for a UK visa for a friend or a relative should ensure they comply with all the requirements to become a sponsor of the applicant. First of all, it is necessary for the author to be a UK citizen, as only they are allowed to sponsor visitors to the country.

Secondly, it is necessary for the author to have a relationship with the applicant. As it was already mentioned, it is possible to write a UK visa invitation letter for parents, friends, relatives, and partners. It is important to keep in mind that the relationship has to be proven in order for the Home Office to accept the letter.

The last requirement is associated with providing the applicant with accommodation. It will be necessary to include the details regarding the property the visitor is going to stay at, whether it is an owned property or a rented out place. The property itself should be large enough to accommodate the visitor, and the invite letter for a UK visa should include all the relevant details to prove it matches the criteria.

Who Should the Letter of Invitation be Addressed To?

It might sound counter-intuitive, but a letter of invitation for a visa is not addressed to the person who is being invited to the United Kingdom. It is a document that will be reviewed by the Home Office as a part of the application, and it is needed to have proof that the person visiting the country will be supported throughout the duration of their stay.

With that in mind, the tone of writing should be official, and the letter itself should be addressed to the government’s representatives who will be reviewing it. Since it is a letter to the embassy for a visa request and it is impossible to know the person who will be checking it in advance, the author is allowed to open it with “Dear Sir or Madam”.

What Information Should be Included in the Letter of Invitation?

There are three groups of details that should be covered in an invitation letter for a UK visa. It includes the author’s personal information, information about the applicant, and information about their relationships and planned interactions.

The author of the invitation letter for a visa to the UK should include their full name and address, phone number, profession and current occupation, and their legal status in the country. The details about the applicant should include their full name and the schedule of their planned trip to the United Kingdom.

The third part of the letter should cover all the relevant details regarding the visit. It should include information about the relationships between the author and the applicant, the planned length of the applicant’s trip to the UK, the purpose of the trip, and the details regarding the accommodation. The letter of accommodation for a UK visa should also include financial details, since the author is supposed to sponsor the applicant.

In case some details of the trip have not been arranged yet, it is appropriate to include approximate information to the invitation letter for a UK visa for family members or eligible visitors. This especially relates to the dates of the trip, as they are rarely arranged when the immigration letter of invitation is submitted.

What supporting documents should be attached to the Invitation Letter?

As it has been mentioned in the previous sections, the details included in the invitation letter for a spouse visa or other type of UK visa should be proven in order for the Home Office to accept it. For the author, it means that they will have to attach a number of supporting documents to the letter.

First of all, it will be necessary to attach a scan of the passport and a document that proves the author’s citizenship in the United Kingdom. Secondly, the letter should include documents regarding the property. Whether it is owned or rented out by the sponsor, the corresponding documents have to be attached to prove the accommodation is arranged.

The author will also have to prove their ability to sponsor the visitor. Thus, it will be necessary to attach bank statements or other documents that will let the Home Office ensure the author is capable of supporting the visitor financially throughout their stay in the United Kingdom. In case the trip has already been arranged, the traveling documents should be included in the letter as well.

Sample of Invitation Letter for UK Visa

The procedure is rather straightforward, so for the majority of cases, a standard form can be used. The template of an invitation letter for a visa can be found below.

Sponsor’s Name Sponsor’s Address Sponsor’s Phone Number Sponsor’s Email Address Date of Writing the Letter

Application for visitor visa for *name of the applicant* Dear sir/madam,

This is a letter of invitation for *name of the visitor and their date of birth* to come to the United Kingdom and stay with me *author’s name and date of birth*. They will stay with me for *planned duration* at *address* from *starting date* to *ending date*.

*Name of the applicant* is my *friend/relative*, and the intention of the visit is *description of the visit’s intention*.

I am a UK citizen by birth and work as a *profession* at *company*. I intend to financially support the *applicant’s name* throughout the duration of the trip, including food, accommodation, and travel expenses within the United Kingdom. I also have enough space to accommodate *applicant’s name* at my *type of property* for the duration of their visit.

Please find attached *mention the supporting documents attached to the letter*.

If any additional details are required, feel free to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

*Author’s signature*

*Author’s name*

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Letter of Invitation

UK citizens and residents may have to host family and friends from time to time. Along with opening your doors to welcome your loved ones, you may also have to help them with their visa process. This mainly includes sending an invitation letter. When a foreigner applies for a UK visit or tourist visa, they must submit an invitation letter from the host or sponsor in the UK. Although the invitation letter for UK visa is not considered mandatory for a visit visa (it is not needed for UK transit visas ), it surely has its advantages. The invitation letter gives more weight to the visa application. But what exactly is a visa letter of invitation? Let us find out.

What is a Letter of Invitation?

A letter of invitation is an official document written by the host or sponsor in the UK to invite their friend, family member, or partner to the country. It may feel like the letter is written to invite a person to the country. But its real purpose is to convey the reason for the person’s visit to the immigrant officials. It helps establish the relationship between the host and the visitor. So, you must include all the details of both the host and the guest and the reasons for visiting the UK. The invitation must be addressed to immigration officers, specifically the British Entry Clearance Officer (ECO).

Who Can Send a Letter of Invitation for a UK Visa?

You must fulfill certain criteria to be eligible to send an invitation letter for a UK visa. Here are the eligibility requirements for the invitation letter for a UK visa:

  • You should be a UK citizen, a legal resident, or at least a permanent resident to invite a foreigner to the country.
  • You can sponsor or host of a relative, family member, friend, partner, or spouse.
  • You should own or rent a residential property in the UK, be it a flat or a house.
  • There should be adequate space to accommodate your guest during their visit

What details go into the invitation letter for a UK visa?

Before writing the invitation letter, you must know what to include in it. Not including any important information and providing incorrect information can both backfire, leading to the rejection of a UK visa application.

  • The letter should have all your information, including your full name, address, telephone number, occupation, UK residential status, and relationship with the visitor.
  • You also need to provide details of the guest, like their full name, travel itinerary, and their relationship with you.
  • Next comes the details of the trip. You need to mention the purpose of your guest’s visit, how long they plan to stay in the UK, and the dates for entering and exiting the country.
  • The purpose of the visit should be clearly mentioned. The purpose should be genuine, one that is permitted as per the types of UK visa you are applying for. In the case of a UK visit visa, the purpose could be visiting family or friends, attending an event or function, sightseeing, etc.
  • You must mention your guest’s accommodation and travel arrangements. An important detail to include is the financial side of their visit. You must also specify whether you sponsor their trip or they will use their own financial resources. Even if both parties share the costs, the letter should mention the same.
  • Most tourists visiting the UK plan for a one- or two-day trip. In such a case, the dates of travel and accommodation details should be mentioned in the letter.
  • If there is a plan to travel anywhere in the UK for more than a day, you must mention the dates and accommodation details.

Important Tips for Writing a UK Invitation Letter

Apart from knowing what to write, you should also know how to write a UK visa invitation letter. Here are some important tips:

  • Use a formal tone to write the letter.
  • The format of the letter should be formal.
  • Make sure that the letter is organized well. Assign different paragraphs for different points. You can make use of bullet points wherever necessary.
  • All the information in the letter should be accurate. There should be no spelling or factual errors.
  • Rather than writing lengthy sentences, opt for short ones and make the letter concise but clear.

Supporting Documents Required for the UK Invitation Letter

The letter itself may not be sufficient. There should be supporting documents to give credibility to your letter. Here is the list of important documents to go with your UK invitation letter:

  • A scanned copy of your UK passport or biometric resident permit verifying your residency status
  • Proof that you own or rent a residential place in the UK
  • Proof of financial resources in the form of bank statements
  • Scanned copies of travel, accommodation, and activity plans within the UK
  • Additional legal documents to improve the chances of UK visa approval

Sample Invitation Letter for UK Visa

Here is a sample invitation letter that will help you write one on your own:

UK Immigration Division

Re: Invitation Letter for (Applicant’s Name) – (Applicant’s Passport Number)

To whom it may concern,

I (your name and date of birth) wish to invite (applicant’s or guest’s name along with date of birth) to the UK through this invitation letter. They will stay with me at my residence (address) from (date of arrival) to (date of departure).

(Name of the guest/application) is my (explain relation: friend, relative, partner, or spouse). (He/she) is visiting for (mention the purpose of the visit).

I am a permanent resident of the UK and have been residing here for the past (mention the years). I look forward to financially supporting the (applicant’s name) visit to the UK; this includes their accommodation, food, and travel expenses. My apartment/house has adequate space to accommodate (applicant’s name) during their visit.

Kindly find copies of my passport, rent/ownership agreement, and booking details of the hotel (location) where we plan to stay. You can also find my bank statements for the last three months along with this letter.

We value your help in approving this visa application. If you need any further documents or information, kindly get in touch without hesitation.

(Your Name and Signature)

(Telephone Number)

The process of writing an invitation letter for a UK visa may sound daunting. But it is quite straightforward. You can simply follow the instructions above and write an effective UK visa invitation letter in no time.

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Overview of UK Visa Invitation Letter

Importance and purpose of a uk visa invitation letter, letter of invitation requirements.

  • Be a United Kingdom citizen, lawful permanent resident or legal resident
  • Be a relative, friend, or the visitor’s partner/spouse
  • Have a registered place of lodging (such as a house or a flat that you rent or own)
  • Have enough room to accommodate the visitor for the entirety of their stay
  • All of the information in the letter must be truthful and accurate.

Necessary Documents

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  • The invitation letter must be accompanied via copies of the supporting paperwork for the information in the letter in order for the ECO to accept it.
  • For instance, they may be documentation demonstrating your citizenship in the UK or demonstrating your ability to support the guest financially during their whole stay.
  • You might want to attach the following supporting papers to your invitation letter as examples:
  • A scan of the UK passport or another document verifying your residency in the country, such as a biometric resident permit
  • Evidence of your home’s rental or ownership, like a tenancy agreement Evidence of your financial resources, such as bank statements
  • Copies of any already booked travel, lodging, or activity plans
  • Any other legal documentation that will support the visitor’s visa application
  • There are no particular files that must be included along with the letter.
  • The support for visa application will, nevertheless, be stronger the more supporting papers you submit.

Effective Tips to Obtain an Invitation Letter from a UK Host

  • Identify your host : Find out who will be hosting you in the UK. This invitation could be from a friend, relative, business associate, or group of people.
  • Communicate your intentions : Inform your host regarding the plan that you desire to accomplish in your visit. The host requires knowing why you are visiting, be it for vacations, business meetings, attending any event, or other purpose. For instance, in case of a family meet, UK Family Visitor Visa is essential.
  • Provide your host with the necessary information : Tell your host your entire name, passport number, and phone number. When they write the invitation letter, they will require this information.
  • Requesting the letter of invitation – Request a letter of invitation from your host in a polite manner. Assure them of the significance of this document for your UK admission or visa application.

In your invitation letter, attach the following details:

  • The complete name, address, as well as contact number of the host must be added in the invitation letter.
  • Specify your relationship with them along with how long you have known them.
  • State why you actually are there and the duration you plan to be.
  • Mention in the letter if they are paying your expenditures throughout your stay.
  • Let them know you have their support if you need it during your stay.
  • Content and format
  • Make sure to write the invitation letter in a polite and professional manner.
  • Use business letterhead if appropriate.
  • Your host should date and sign the letter.

Mention Financial Support

Verify the veracity of the letter, submit the visa application, preparation is key for interviews:, observe all laws and regulations, the invitation letter must be written by whom.

  • If you will stay with friends or even family, then the invitation letter should be given to the entry clearance officer & provided via the individual who will cover your living expenses or give you other financial support.
  • Besides, the applicant providing the UK visa family invitation letter should be a UK citizen or the country’s valid resident (also called a resident sponsor).
  • The individual providing the letter of invitation need not be related to the visa applicant, but the relationship must be genuine and adequately documented as such. If the engagement is for a fee, the relevant UK-based firm or client, for whom you will be working, must have written the letter. If you need to attend a meeting, conference, or training for business purposes, the organization(s) that is sending you there must draft the letter requesting your attendance. A letter of invitation must be provided by the event’s organizer in the case of any exhibition or other event.

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Guidance on applying for a standard visitor visa for short visits to the UK (not for study)

On this page you can find information about:

Visas for family and friends visiting

Visa requirements for admissions interviews.

If you have family or friends that wish to visit the UK for a short period and they are non-EEA or Swiss nationals and do not qualify for the Electronic Visa Waiver scheme, they will need a visa.

The visa type they should apply for to enter the UK is the  Standard Visitor visa . They can apply for this visa from any overseas post. 

For information about how they can make an application for a Standard Visitor visa and the supporting documents required, please see our guidance document.

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If you are attending a Graduation Ceremony, you will receive confirmation of the date and time of your graduation ceremony in the confirmation mailing in late May. This correspondence can be used to support your visitors’ visa applications. Please note that UCL is unable to provide any kind of additional invitation letter to support visa applications.

Nationals of certain countries do not have to apply for this visa in advance and can obtain it on entry to the UK. They should ask for a Standard Visitor visa at the immigration desk. They can check whether this applies to them on the  UKVI website . It is still advisable to have all of the necessary documents needed for a Standard Visitor visa available in case they are requested.

For additional information about this visa please see the  UKVI website .

Visa guidance for prospective students invited to an interview at UCL

If you are a prospective student and have been invited to UCL for an interview as part of your conditional offer requirements you will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.  You can apply at your nearest British embassy if you are on the list of visa nationals listed in the Immigration Rules Appendix Visitor: Visa National list   or by asking for a Visit Visa Stamp upon entry to the UK from the Border Officers if you are a non-visa national not on the list.

Whichever process you choose you will need to show that you meet the requirements of the Standard Visit visa rules which can be found at in the Immigration Rules in Appendix Visitor

The evidence you will need to prepare for your application at the border or at the embassy is as follows:

  • Passport or other valid travel document (your document must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your intended visit to the UK)
  • Your UCL conditional offer letter inviting you for an interview
  • Financial documents showing that you have access to sufficient funds which will cover your stay in the UK. In addition to this you will also need to show you can pay the cost of your return travel from the UK.
  • To prove that you are a genuine visitor to the UK and that you intend to leave after your interview, you may wish to provide the following (where applicable)

          - Evidence that you have booked your flight out of the UK (if applying for the visa at the UK border)

          - An official letter from your employer confirming any employment you have and that you have been granted authorised absence to               undertake  your visit

          - A letter from your education provider, on headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence

          - If self employed: business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading.

Where a third party (who is either in the UK or who will be legally in the UK at the time of your visit) is providing financial support to you e.g. a business, a friend or a relative, documents to show they have sufficient resources to support you in addition to themselves and any dependant family should be provided.

Where the third party is providing you with support in relation to accommodation they should provide evidence that they rent or own the property and give details of the number of persons residing in the property already along with details of who you will be sharing a room with or if you have the sole use of a spare bedroom.

All documents must be originals and not photocopies. If you submit a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by the Home Office. Each translated document must contain:

  • confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of the translation
  • the translator's full name and signature
  • the translator's contact details

Find out more about the cost of a visit visa and how to access the online form

Please note you can NOT extend or apply to transfer to a Tier 4 Visa within the UK from a Visitor (standard) Visa or any previous visitor visas.

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