An honorarium is a payment given to a professional person for services for which fees are not legally or traditionally required. A honorarium is not a speaker fee or consultant fee.
If an international visitor will receive an honorarium payment from Vanderbilt University, the recipient must hold a visa that permit them to receive an honorarium. For example, under current US immigration regulations, persons in H-1B status, cannot receive honoraria. In addition, an honorarium payment for the benefit of an H-1B recipient cannot be made to the visitor's employer for disbursement to the H-1B visitor. If any international visitor cannot legally receive an honorarium payment based on visa restrictions, payment cannot be made.
All international visitors must complete the Business Visitor Questionnaire (BVQ). In addition, to the BVQ, GSS provides information for business visitors in numerous visa categories. This information can be found on our website at the "Immigration Services" tab under "Business Visitors."
A Windstar record must be created for all internationals receiving payment from Vanderbilt. The ITO will use the BVQ information to create the Windstar record and will contact the department or the international visitor directly if additional information is required.