Office of the General Counsel > Services > Immigration > 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.
Foreign Visitor Risks and Recommendations
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently encouraged U.S. universities to increase awareness of the threat of espionage and theft of intellectual property by foreign adversaries who may pose as visiting scholars or researchers. Such individuals may attempt to leverage joint research and training opportunities to support foreign military and commercial research, development, and acquisition.
Recommended Business Visitor Review Process
The FBI recommends that U.S. universities exercise due diligence when inviting foreign business visitors to campus. Before committing to an academic collaboration, please consider the following:
Foreign Business Visitor Warning Signs
Foreign adversaries are becoming increasingly sophisticated. However, the FBI has identified several “warning signs," which may indicate when a business visitor has misrepresented their true intentions:
Please be vigilant. Report suspicious activity to the Public Safety Office. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding a current or prospective business visitor, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the General Counsel.
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.”
Acceptable business purposes include:
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.
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.
If you wish to invite a Business Visitor to DePaul: