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Does a foreigner (in this case a student from Ukraine) need an official invitation to visit the United States temporarily as a tourist (more specifically not as an immigrant)?

Is there any way an official invitation would help, or alternate method for obtaining a visa that requires an official invitation?

I'm just getting conflicting answers to this question.

  • Why did you tag this with "f1-visa"? And what are the conflicting answers you have gotten? Have you checked the U.S. State Department's website for tourist information? – feetwet Sep 28 '15 at 19:11
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The US Embassy has a page on Ukrainian visitors to the US:

Who needs a visa?

Ukrainian citizens require a visa to enter the United States. Citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program do not need a visa if their passport meets certain requirements.

So no, you don't need an invitation. You need a visa.

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    In some cases, one needs an invitation in order to get a visa. I think that is what the question is asking about. – Nate Eldredge Sep 29 '15 at 14:09

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