Requesting Letters


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Rice University Department


What type of letter do you need?








If you need a letter for a dependent visa or visa renewal:

If your dependent needs a US visa, you may request a letter in support of his/her application. Include your information and the personal information for each dependent and indicate whether your dependent will travel alone to US Consulate or Embassy abroad. We need the following details:
~Name:
~Relationship:
~Date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY):
~Place of Birth:
~Citizenship:
~ Purpose of letter (marriage or visa renewal)


Letter of invitation

A family member or friend often needs a letter from our office for the US Consulate or Embassy to apply for a visitorís visa to come and visit. If you will be inviting multiple guests, their information will appear on the same letter unless requested otherwise. The information required is:
~Name:
~Relationship:
~Date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY):
~Place of Birth:
~Citizenship:
Please also note if you would like to include a specific purpose for the visit (e.g. graduation).


Letter for a social security number (F-1 students only)

After securing an employment offer, bring a letter of employment offer or the completed employer verification form to the OISS to request a letter for the Social Security Administration: http://oiss.rice.edu/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=628. You will need to take both letters in order to apply for the SSN.

Letter for a bank account:

When opening an account, the bank may require a letter of verification of your local and foreign address. Be sure to update your local address in the Mailing Address field in Esther (http://esther.rice.edu) and be sure OISS has your correct foreign address before you request a letter from the OISS.

Letter for DPS to verify on-campus address:

If you live on-campus, OISS can provide a letter of verification of your local address for the 30 day residency requirement. Be sure to update your local address in the Mailing Address field in Esther (http://esther.rice.edu) before you request a letter from the OISS.
Please note that DPS letters take longer to process, and will be ready on the following Wednesday after 3:00 p.m..

Letter for age verification (for RUPD owl sticker):

If you're over the age of 21 and need a letter to verify your age so that you can get an owl sticker from RUPD, please bring your passport with you when you come to collect your letter from our office.