OISS continues to provide services online. For more information, visit the OISS Coronavirus FAQ page.
The B-1 / B-2 Visitor Visa or the Visa Waiver is commonly used by foreign visitors who are invited to Rice for a very short period of time for the purpose of giving a lecture, consulting, attending a conference or seminar, and for who may require an honorarium or reimbursement. For more information, please see the page for One-Time Visitors.
The B visa may NOT be used for working, conducting research, nor for collaborations at Rice University. For these types of activities, Rice will typically issue a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa. If you have any questions regarding the types of activities permitted by the B-1 / B-2 visa, please consult with OISS.
The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business without having to apply for a B-1 / B-2 visa for a stay of 90 days or less. For more information on the VWP, including a list of eligible countries, please visit the U.S. Department of State VWP webpage.