Host Letters

Host letter must be written by the person or persons with whom you are staying in another country. Good-quality, faxed copies are usually accepted provided they contain:

  • Full name, address, and phone number of the host
  • Their relationship to the traveler/visitor
  • Brief explanation of expected itinerary for trip (planned excursions, planned events, etc.)

For Brazil this letter must be notarized in Brazil and then faxed. Often this letter must be sent with copies of the hosts ID (Information Page of Passport) and their Visa to be in country unless they are a citizen of the country. See specific country pages for details.

American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.