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Honorarium Payments

An honorarium is a payment given to a professional person for services for which fees are not legally or traditionally required. A honorarium is not a speaker fee or consultant fee.

If an international visitor will receive an honorarium payment from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the recipient must hold a visa that permit them to receive an honorarium. For example, under current US immigration regulations, persons in H-1B status, cannot receive honoraria. In addition, an honorarium payment for the benefit of an H-1B recipient cannot be made to the visitor's employer for disbursement to the H-1B visitor. If any international visitor cannot legally receive an honorarium payment based on visa restrictions, payment cannot be made.

All international visitors must complete theBusiness Visitor Questionnaire (BVQ). In addition, to the BVQ, the VUMC Immigration office provides information for business visitors in numerous visa categories. This information can be found on the Immigration Services site.

A Glacier record must be created for all internationals receiving payment from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The ITO will use the BVQ information to create the Glacier record and will contact the department or the international visitor directly if additional information is required.