Inviting your friend or family member to stay for less than six months

We hope that your friends and family will come to visit you in Northern Ireland and we will be happy to provide you with a letter of support from Queen's. 

If your friend or family member is coming to visit you for a holiday they will come as a general visitor.  Depending on their nationality, they may need to apply for a visitor visa before they come here (known as entry clearance).  Some friends or family members can come to the UK without applying for entry clearance, but they will still need to bring certain documents with them to show to Immigration Officers at the airport.  You can find all of the information about who needs to apply for entry clearance, links to the online application and other guidance on the UK Visas & Immigration website.

If you need a visitor support letter you must send the following information to

Information required about you:

  • Family name
  • First name(s)
  • Student number
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Address in Belfast
  • Email address
  • Purpose of the visit (e.g. to attend your graduation)

Information required about each person you are inviting on a visitor visa (i.e. for a visa to remain in the UK for up to six months):

  • Person's relationship to you (e.g. father, mother, brother, sister)
  • Family name
  • First name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Address

We will email you when your letters are ready for collection.  All collections will be from the International Student Support reception desk.  You should bring ID with you, i.e. your student card.  International Student Support cannot post these letters.

When your friend or family member decide they want to visit you, they should see the UKVI website for further information on how to apply for a visa.