Honorarium Payment

9 FAM 402.2-5(F)(2)(9)

International Visitors who enter the U.S. under B-1/B-2 visa or come from a VWP (Visa Waiver Program) country may receive payment under the following conditions:

A B-1/B-2 nonimmigrant visa holder or visitor from VWP countries may accept an honorarium payment and associated incidental expenses for usual academic activities (which can include lecturing, guest teaching, or performing in an academic sponsored event): per INA 212(q)

  • If the honoraria payment is offered for services conducted for the benefit of the institution or entity and meet the following 9-5-6 rule:
  • The duration of the official visit is no more than 9 days;
  • And the international visitor has not accepted honorarium payment for more than 5 institutions/organizations within the last 6 months.