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The B-2 status is appropriate for visitors who wish to visit the U.S. to engage in a variety of activities for pleasure. The term pleasure refers to the activities listed below:
As a general rule, the B-2 classification is not adequate for having the visitor:
Allowing a foreign national to come to AU under a B-2 classification to engage in activities that are not adequate under the B-2 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-2 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-2 visitors for their expenses that do not exceed reasonable travel and living costs. They may even be paid an honorarium to a B2 visitor provided the visit does not exceed 9 days and the B-2 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