Inviting Visiting Scholars

B-2 Visitors for Pleasure

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:

  • Tourism
  • Vacation
  • Visit with relatives and/or friends
  • Medical treatment
  • Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social or service organizations
  • Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating
  • Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree

As a general rule, the B-2 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-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