B1/B2 visitor information
Please read our information on the B1 and B2 visitor
categories if you are visiting for business or pleasure.
The B1 category may be appropriate for foreign scholars
wishing to visit Northern Arizona University for short periods of time for
professional activities. These activities may not constitute employment.
Appropriate activities include:
- consultation with professional associates
- participation in scientific, educational, or
professional conventions or seminars
- independent research
The B2 category is intended for those coming to the United
States for travel and tourism. For additional information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
Visitors in the B1/B2 classification are not permitted to
engage in any form of employment in the United States. They are allowed to
receive reimbursements and honoraria as long as:
- the academic activity is no longer than nine
- the visitor has not accepted honoraria from more
than five institutions or organizations within a six-month period
The admission period for visitors in the B1/B2 category is
based on the amount of time needed to accomplish the purpose of the visit. Visitors
are usually admitted for six months or less depending on the purpose for the
visit. B1/B2 visitors may request extensions of stay by filing Form I-539 and
supporting documentation with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Admission without a visa
The United States provides two exceptions to the requirement
for a visa.
Exception 1: Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The first exception to the visa requirement is for citizens
of countries participating in the VWP, which allows citizens admission for
business or tourism for up to 90 days without a visa.
For a list of participating countries and for additional
information about VWP, please visit the Visa Waiver section of the U.S. Department of State website.
Exception 2: Canadian citizens
The other visa exception applies to Canadian citizens who
are not required to obtain a visa for admission to the United States in any
immigration (visa) category.
B1/B2 Information for departments
The following steps are suggested for departments intending
to invite B1 visitors:
- Contact an International Scholar Adviser if you have any
questions regarding whether or not the B1/B2 category is the most appropriate.
- Contact the Northern Arizona University Human
Resources office if your department intends to pay the visitor an honorarium or
reimbursement of expenses.
- Issue an invitation letter which includes the
- purpose of the visit
- dates of the visit
- funding information