Inviting Family and Friends to Visit

Are your family or friends going to visit you for graduation or at any other time while you're at Columbia? Follow these steps to help them apply for a visa.

Coming to the U.S.
Step 1

Check if your guests are eligible to apply for the visa waiver program (ESTA).


Step 2

If your guests are not eligible for the ESTA program, they may apply for the B-2 visitor visa

They should review the information on visitor visas by the U.S. Department of State, and refer to the website of the U.S. Consulate where they will apply to learn about the current forms, fees, and processing times.

Step 3

They will need the following documents to apply for a visitor visa:

How to apply for a visa online
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