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: (1) the duration of the activity is nine days or less (2) 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).
If you are going to the U.S. primarily for tourism, but want to take a short course of study which is recreational (and not for credit towards a degree), and the course is less than 18 hours per week, this is permitted on a visitor visa.
WB/WT (Visa Waiver for Business, Visa Waiver for Tourist)
Scholars planning to pay short visits to one or several campuses in the United States can use WB (Waiver for Business) visa classification.
B-1/B-2 visa or WB/WT Scholar
The B-1/B-2 visa or WB/WT 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 B-1/B-2 visa or WB/WT Scholar short-term visitor can accept an honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses for a visit lasting no longer than nine days, provided that the visitor has not received reimbursement of expenses or honoraria from more than five institutions or organizations within a six-month period. The individual may not receive a salary.
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 (sampleletter.doc) to all foreign nationals who will receive an honorarium or reimbursement for travel expenses from East Carolina University. The laws and regulations governing salary and honorarium are identical to its counterpart the B-1 visa.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
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The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 37 participating countries* to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
The countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, *Taiwan, and the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man). The laws and regulations governing salary and honorarium are identical to its counterpart the B-1 visa.
*Note for Taiwan: Eligible Taiwan passport holders may begin traveling to the United States without visas under the Visa Waiver Program beginning on November 1, 2012.