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DIS Services

​​Services Provided by DIS

The staff of the Division of International Services (DIS) provides services to foreign national scientists at the National Institutes of Health related to their particular immigration status within the United States. In accordance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations, the staff members assist non-immigrants with the following:

  • Initial entry into the U.S.
  • Travel/re-entry into the U.S.
  • Transfers to/from NIH
  • Extensions of stay
  • Changes of immigration status
  • Reinstatement of immigration status
  • Waiver applications of two-year foreign residence requirement
  • Permanent Resident petitions for senior appointees
  • Accompanying dependents' issues
  • Orientations, seminars and training conferences

Staff members of the DIS also advise and assist foreign national scientists with a variety of other matters related to the specific non-immigrant status.


Walk-in Advising

Individuals planning to travel overseas who require a travel validation signature, or who have general questions can visit DIS without an appointment Monday through Thursday between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. This time is open to NIH-sponsored foreign scientists only, as well as institute staff. Individuals will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, until 3:30 PM.

Please note that this time is not available for case-specific questions or questions that may take more than 15 minutes to address. In these instances, please call DIS at (301)-496-6166 to schedule an appointment to see an Immigration Specialist. Appointments are held in-person, over the phone, or via skype. If a specific case or request has been submitted to DIS, please wait to be contacted by an Immigration Specialist.


DIS Office Location on the NIH Bethesda campus
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DIS Info 
Office Hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm
Check-In Hours:
9:00am Mondays
Walk-in Hours:
1:30pm - 3:30pm Mon-Thurs
Badge Clearance:
9:00am - 11:00am
Tuesday & Thursday