Payment to Internationals

The types of payment Columbia can make to international individuals depend on the immigration status of the person. Departments are strongly advised to verify eligibility for payments or salary based on DHS and IRS guidelines before extending invitations and offering payment.  

Allowable Payments by Visa Type

To reimburse an international guest who will be receiving a wire transfer, submit a Wire Request instead of a check request, and include the following documents required to validate their immigration status if they came to the United States.

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of visa type
  • Copy of entry stamp, I-94 (or ESTA Receipt)

Members of the Visa Waiver Program should use the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) instead of form I-94. Customs and Border Patrol is phasing out the use of form I-94 and it is being replaced by a new automatic process to obtain the person’s arrival/departure information from their electronic travel records.