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§ 4604 : HONORARIA

Section 212(q)(8 U.S.C. 1182(q)) is amended to read as follows:


 1. Any alien admitted under section 101(a)(15)(B)may accept an honorarium payment and associated incidental expenses, for a usual academic activity or activities (lasting not longer than 9 days at any single institution), as defined by the Attorney General in consultation with the Secretary of Education, or for a performance, appearance and participation in United States based programming, including scripted or unscripted programming (with services not rendered for more than 60 days in a 6 month period) if the alien has received a letter of invitation from the institution, organization, or media outlet, such payment is offered by an institution, organization, or media outlet described in paragraph (2) and is made for services conducted for the benefit of that institution, entity or media outlet and if the alien has not accepted such payment or expenses from more than 5 institutions, organizations, or media outlets in the previous 6- month period. Any alien who is admitted under section 101(a)(15)(B)or any other valid visa may perform services under this section without reentering the United States and without a letter of invitation, if the alien does not receive any remuneration including an honorarium payment or incidental expenses, but may receive prize money.


An institution, organization, or media outlet described in this paragraph—


an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a))) or a related or affiliated nonprofit entity;


a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization; and


a broadcast network, cable entity, production company, new media, internet and mobile based companies, who create or distribute programming content.