Inviting Visiting Scholars

B-1 Visitors for Business

The B-1 status is for foreign nationals coming to the U.S. temporarily to engage in commercial or professional activities. These activities must be related to their business abroad and must not constitute employment in the U.S. In fact, B-1 visitors who accept employment in the U.S. violate the terms of their status and become subject to deportation.

Professional activities associated with a visit to Auburn University may include:

  • Participating in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences or seminars
  • Attending business meetings
  • Consulting with business associates
  • Exclusively observe the conduct of business, provided the international visitor pays for his/her own expenses

As a general rule, the B-1 classification is not adequate for having the visitor:

  • Engage in collaborative or guided research
  • Gain practical experience through on-the-job training
  • Provide services that primarily benefit AU

Allowing a foreign national to come to AU under a B-1 classification to engage in activities that are not adequate under the B-1 places the institution, the host and the visitor at risk.

If inviting a visitor to engage in any of the 3 duties listed above, a J-1 scholar classification is required. To start the process of inviting J-1 scholars please review the DS-2019 application and information on our website. By inviting visitors come to AU under the J classification these visitors are given the needed access and identification upon arrival.

When inviting a B-1 visitor to AU, a background check must be performed prior to the visitor’s arrival by the VP for Research Office. For more information please contact the on-campus Research Security Officer, Georgia White.

Educational institutions may reimburse B-1 visitors for their expenses that do not exceed reasonable travel and living costs. They may even be paid an honorarium to a B1 visitor provided the visit does not exceed 9 days and the B-1 visitor has not received similar payments from more than 5 U.S. colleges or universities in the immediately preceding 6 months. For more information regarding payment for these types of visitors please go to the AU Payroll and Benefits website.

Last Updated: May 21, 2014