OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS
Phone: 504.280.6021 // Fax: 504.280.3975
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org // Web: http://www.uno.edu/oiss
Instructions for Letters of Reference (Testimonials)
TO: Whom It May Concern
FROM: Janice M. Thomas, Director
Office of International Students & Scholars
RE: “Testimonial” letter of reference for Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Petition on
behalf of _________________________________________________________________
Background Information. The University of New Orleans is preparing an immigrant petition on behalf of the
above named individual. The outstanding professor/researcher category is set aside for individuals who have
achieved international recognition in their field.
General Instructions. To qualify the beneficiary must demonstrate international acclaim and recognition for
outstanding achievement in his/her field of expertise. You have been asked to write a letter in support of this
petition. The letter may be returned directly to the beneficiary and must be accompanied by a short curriculum
vita or biographical sketch.
Instructions for the letter. Please write the letter as if you are writing about the above named individual for a
magazine designed for general readership (i.e. National Geographic, Newsweek). Refrain from using overly
technical language and academic jargon. The letter is addressed to:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Texas Service Center
P.O. Box 852135
Mesquite, TX 75185-2135
Opening paragraph. This letter is written in support of the immigrant petition for outstanding
professor/researcher on behalf of (name).
Second paragraph. Briefly introduce yourself indicating your educational background, years of experience
and/or record of research, and current employment. (Don’t forget to include a short (maximum 2 pages) C.V. or
Third and fourth paragraphs. Describe how you know the beneficiary; discuss the beneficiary’s original
scientific or scholarly contributions of major significance to the field.
Closing paragraph. Include how you may be reached should the Immigration examiner need additional
Outstanding PR Reference Letter
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