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Business Visitors

​From time to time, academic departments and business units may wish to invite international visitors and scholars to attend events or to participate in short-term research projects at DePaul University. For immigration purposes, such visitors are generally considered "Business Visitors." 

Please see below for more information about inviting foreign nationals to campus for short-term business activities and events. Our Immigration Forms​ page also includes a template invitation letter, which may assist Business Visitors in obtaining a B-1/B-2 visitor visa.  

B-1/B-2 (Visitor) Visas - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a B-1/B-2 Visitor Visa?

B-1/B-2 Visitor visas are available to foreign nationals who are entering the country for six months or less to visit for “business purposes.” ​​

For what purposes may DePaul invite a B-1/B-2 Business Visitor?

Acceptable business purposes include: 
  • Consulting or collaborating with DePaul faculty or business associates; 
  • Attending educational or professional conferences or events; and 
  • Speaking, teaching, or conducting research on a very short-term basis.

How may a Business Visitor obtain a B-1/B-2 visa?

DePaul University cannot apply for a visitor visa on someone's behalf. A foreign national seeking a Business Visitor visa should make an appointment with his or her local U.S. Consulate. The visitor will need to demonstrate that the purpose of the trip is related to business; that s/he plans to remain for a specific, limited period of time no longer than six months; that s/he has funds to cover travel and lodging expenses; and that s/he has compelling social and economic ties to the home country, which incentivize him or her to return home after the visit.​​​

May DePaul pay a Business Visitor's travel expenses, or provide a stipend?

Business Visitors may be paid stipends or reimbursed for travel expenses​ under certain, limited circumstances.  With departmental approval, DePaul can pay for a visitor’s travel and/or lodging expenses, as well as pay an honorarium or stipend for up to nine (9) days of services performed for the benefit of DePaul, so long as the visitor has not received similar payments from more than five (5) educational institutions in the past six (6) months. This is often referred to as the 9/5/6 Rule.​​ Please contact the OGC's Immigration Attorney if you anticipate paying a visitor to confirm that the payment is permissible under the applicable immigration laws.

What should I do if I would like to invite a Business Visitor to DePaul?

If you wish to invite a Business Visitor to DePaul: 
  • Provide the visitor with an invitation letter outlining the purpose and details of their trip.  For a template invitation letter, please visit our Immigration Forms page, or contact the OGC’s Immigration Attorney. 
  • Inform the visitor that during his or her visa interview, s/he will likely need to present proof of ability pay for the trip, as well as proof of ties to his or her home country. Evidence of such ties can include proof of local residence, employment, family, bank accounts, civic membership, and tax forms, among other things. 
  • Contact the OGC if you anticipate paying the visitor to confirm that such payment is permissible under immigration laws.​​​​