Inviting International Colleagues to Vanderbilt
- All international visitors to Vanderbilt University must complete a Business Visitor Questionnaire (BVQ), found in the International Tax Office. The BVQ must be completed even if the international visitor is already in the USA. Visitors who are US citizens or permanent residents should not complete the BVQ, however.
- B-1 & B-2 Visitor Visas - used for persons who wish to enter the United States to engage in temporary tourism, business or professional activities related to their employment or business abroad. B-visa visitors are not permitted to engage in employment of any kind while in the US. but are permitted to receive honoraria, speaker's fees, travel reimbursements and other incidental payments for legitimate academic activities.
- Visa Waiver Program - If a visitor is from one of the countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program, then a B-1or B-2 visa is not needed to enter the US. Instead, the visitor may enter in "visa waiver" status. Persons in visa waiver status cannot remain in the US for more than 90 days. A WB (Waiver Business) is used when the visit primarily has a business purpose. A WT (Waiver Tourist) is used for tourism purposes. As with the B-visa, the WB and WT visitor cannot engage in employment of any kind while in the US but are permitted to receive honoraria, speaker's fees, travel reimbursements and other incidental payments for legitimate academic activities,
- For a list of visa categories, click here.
- Please be aware of international tax requirements, including:
- Finding housing or Vanderbilt-area hotels
- Contact the Vanderbilt International Office to notify us of your intended visitor(s)
Are you hosting a dean-level, vice president-level, or presidential-level visit soon? Please contact the Vanderbilt International Office with this information as soon as possible.
Additional resources can be found below to assist international visitors themselves. Please use this information to instruct international colleagues on navigating life at Vanderbilt.