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HONORARIUM AND/OR REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENT FOR SHORT TERM VISITORS


Tourist and Business visitors in B-1, B-2, WB, and WT status are eligible to receive honoraria and reimbursement of incidental expenses under the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act that was passed on October 21, 1998.

B-1/B-2 (Visitor for Business/Tourist)
Scholars planning to pay short visits to one or several campuses in the United States can use the B-1 visitor for business visa classification. It is not intended for use by an individual accepting any type of formal appointment for a term or longer. A B-1 visa holder can accept an honorarium or reimbursement for travel expenses if (a) the duration of the activity is nine days or less (b) and the visitor has not been paid or reimbursed by more than five other U. S. institutions or organizations during the past six months. This also applies to the B-2 visa (Visitor for Tourist).

WB/WT (Waiver for Business/Tourist)
Scholars planning to pay short visits to one or several campuses in the United States can use WB (Waiver for Business) visa classification. People from 22 specific countries can enter the United States without a visa. The countries are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man), and Uruguay. The laws and regulations governing salary and honorarium are identical to its counterpart the B-1 visa.

J-1 (Short-term Scholar)
The J-1 Short-term scholar visa classification can be used by a professor, research scholar, or a person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the United States on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills on campus. A J-1 short-term visitor can accept an honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses.

Special Note:
There is no specific visa document to send visitors who will be coming on B-1 (Business) or WB (Waived Business) visas. We strongly recommend, however, that you send a copy of the sample letter (download letter) to all foreign nationals who will receive an honorarium or reimbursement for travel expenses from East Carolina University.