Foreign nationals visiting Georgia Tech for meetings, tours or short-term independent research must receive clearance from Global Human Resources and the Office of Legal Affairs before they arrive. Most foreign national affiliates and visitors will enter the US in B-1 or VWB status, however other statuses may be permissible. The foreign national will apply for a B-1 visa at an American consulate abroad and should present a letter of invitation from the Georgia Tech faculty host. If a foreign national comes from a country that participates in the Visa Waiver (VW) Program, they may enter the United States in VWB status (similar to B-1 status) without getting a visa stamp from a U.S. consulate. Foreign national affiliates or visitors whose activities will be controlled by Georgia Tech will come as J-1 Exchange Visitors.
Departments should initiate the process with Global HR as early as possible to ensure Legal Affairs has time to conduct the export review and the affiliate or visitor has adequate time to obtain the visa (if applicable). We recommend starting the process at least 30 days in advance.
The process of inviting a visitor to Georgia Tech begins with the host department.
The hosting department must complete the Hiring & Hosting Eligibility Determination e-forms prior to sending a letter of invitation to the foreign national. Global HR will provide further guidance after the Hiring & Hosting Eligibility Determination process is complete.
Affiliate or Visitor Responsibilities
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