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    Year-Long & Block Visitor Hires

    Colorado College enjoys a rich community of international faculty and occasional visitors that come to campus every year giving our campus a diverse global reach.  ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services) located in the Center for Global Education & Field Study is here to assist you with the tasks you need to complete to bring international researchers, faculty and occasional visitors to the United States for appointments, lectures, and other visits.  We can help you determine the most appropriate visa option.  Please contact our office well in advance of the arrival of any international visitor.

    Explore visa options and procedures for international faculty and occasional short-term visitors.

    Short-Term Visitor Visas Overview

    Occasionally, Colorado College departments may have international guests come to our campus to conduct or attend a workshop, participate in a conference, or present a lecture.  B-1 and B-2 visas are used for foreign visitors invited by CC to engage in temporary business, pleasure, tourism, or vacation activities in one of the following categories:

    • B-1: BusinessThe B-1 Category is appropriate for Non-Resident Aliens who wish to come to the U.S. to engage in temporary commercial, business, or professional activities related to their employment or business abroad, provided that the U.S. activity does not constitute "employment" in the U.S.  This visa category may be used, for example, to consult with business associates, participate in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences or seminars. or undertake independent research.
    • B-2: Pleasure or Tourism: The B-2 category is appropriate if the purpose of the planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, visiting friends or relatives, rest, or is related to medical treatment or activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature. 

    How to apply for a B-1/B-2 Visa

    1. Determine if your visitor will receive an honorarium or reimbursement for incidental expenses.
    2. Download one of the following Sample Visitor letters.  Use this sample to draft an invitation letter on CC departmental letterhead.  The sample letters include appropriate wording that will help U.S. Embassies/Consulates to clearly understand the nature of the visit to support the request for the B visitor visa.
    3. Send the completed invitation letter (on Colorado College departmental letterhead) to your visitor.
    4. The foreign visitor schedules a visa interview appointment at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate in his/her home country.
    5. The visitor presents the CC letter of invitation at the visa appointment.  It is at the discretion of the U.S. Embassy/Consulate to grant a visa.

    Or, if the foreign visitor is from an eligible country, he or she may be able to visit the U.S., without a visa, through the

    Visa Waiver Program:  The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of up to 90 days or less, when they meet all the requirements.  Travelers must be eligible to use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel.  Currently, 37 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland Taiwan and United Kingdom.

    Procedure for VWP visitors

    1. Determine if your visitor is from a VWP participating country.
    2. Determine if your visitor will receive an honorarium or reimbursement for incidental expenses.
    3. Download one of the following Sample Visitor letters.  Use this sample to draft an invitation letter on CC departmental letterhead. Inspection of the letter at the port of entry will determine if the visitor is allowed to enter in the Visa Waiver for Business (VW-B) category or Visa Waiver for Tourism (VW-T).
    4. Send the completed invitation letter (on Colorado College departmental letterhead) to your visitor.
    5. The foreign visitor must register for online travel clearance through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) no later than 72 hours before their flight.  
    6. Although a visitor's ESTA may be approved, it does not guarantee that he/she will be admitted to the U.S.  All visitors are subject to inspection upon arrival and may be denied entry at the discretion of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

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    719-389-6024

    Email

    isss@coloradocollege.edu

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