Frequently Asked Questions
Invitation letters are not required to apply for a tourist (B-2) visa. Due to this, OISS does not issue invitation letters. If you want to compose your own invitation letter, you may contact OISS for a sample letter you may use; OISS will not review the information you enter on the letter. Please refer to https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html for more information on requirements to apply for a tourist visa. The most important issue for those applying for tourist visas is to show the intent of their visit, such as will they actually leave the U.S. after their visit. OISS does not know your family or friends therefore we cannot state with certainty that they intend to leave the U.S. after their visit.
Showing strong ties to their home country may help. Strong ties differ from country to country, city to city, individual to individual. Some examples of ties may be a job, a house, a family, a bank account. "Ties" are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence: your possessions, employment, social and family relationships. (U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Publication 10485, June 1997).
Only people who may work in the U.S. and have received a job offer (F-1, J-1, H-1B, J-2 with work permission) may obtain a number. Numbers are not issued to B-2 or B-1 visa holders. You can pick up an application for a social security number at the OISS. You must complete it and present it at the social security office, along with your passport and visa documents. Please refer to our social security page for information about how to obtain social security cards.
Whether you are an international student or scholar, you should come to the OISS prior to travel to have your visa document signed by an international student or scholar advisor prior to taking a trip. This simply tells the USCIS that you are "O.K." to re-enter the United States. You will also need a passport and unexpired U.S. visa to re-enter the country.
I-Club is the International Club - a social club for international students and Americans interested in interacting with people from all different nations. I Club focuses on educational activities for the general campus population that center on learning more about other cultures and customs, as well as social activities that just give international students a chance to experience recreational activities in the Reno-Tahoe area. Anyone can join! Contact OISS to be put on an e-mail list or fill out an I-club form at the OISS to become a member.
Everyone in the U.S. needs to submit some form of tax return! If you have not earned any money or received any scholarship, it's very simple. Otherwise, it can be a bit complicated. Either way, the OISS offers workshops in February and March each year to help international students and faculty learn a bit about their tax obligations. Although we are not tax experts in the OISS, we do offer phone numbers and websites that may help. For more information about taxes, visit our tax page.