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B1/WB Short Term (Visitor) Visas

The process of requesting B-1 or WB status begins with the host department. After the department's request has been approved, the visitor will need to complete a series of steps.


Steps for Host Department

1. Collect required documents.

  • Complete the Department B1/WB Request
  • Write a Letter of Invitation using the template
  • Obtain an approved Visiting Scholar Health Insurance Application (VSHI) OR obtain a waiver of the Visiting Scholar Health Insurance, both through the Office of Risk Management.
  • Obtain a copy of the visitor’s passport bio page

2. Scan and email the documents to Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Complete requests should be emailed as one PDF to

  • Email subject: "B Request: LAST NAME, Start Date" (e.g. B Request: WILDCAT, 04/01/2013)
  • File name: "BReq_LAST NAME, First Name" (e.g. BReq_WILDCAT, Willie)

3. An OISS Advisor reviews the request and notifies the department.

  • If the request has been approved, or
  • if the request has been denied. The advisor will provide other visa options.

4. If approved, the department sends letter of invitation to the visitor.