Visa costs are allowable and should be allocated to the Award(s) on which the individual will be allocating their time. Visa costs cannot be covered based on budgetary convenience.
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No, this is not an allowable cost unless there is specific written sponsor approval for this cost.
First, check the Award and sponsor regulations to ensure the expense is allowable.
If the expense is allowable, it can be allocated across more than one Award as long as the allocation is in proportion to the benefit provided to each Award. The allocation of the visa cost should match the effort that the person will be expending on each Award. For example, if the person’s effort is allocated 80/20 between two Awards, then the H-1B visa cost should also be allocated on a similar 80/20 split.