Document Pick-Up & Travel Signatures
Scientists who need to come to the DIS office to pick up updated documents or obtain a J-1 travel signature must have an approved appointment from the DIS Calendar. Same-day appointments will not be accepted.
Click here for instructions to schedule your appointment.
You must have a scheduled appointment before you come to the DIS office.
Zoom “Walk-in” hours will begin 7/27/2020, Monday-Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 pm EST. In-person advising with DIS is suspended until further notice. For case-specific questions or questions that may take more than 15 minutes to address, NIH scientists and staff may email
DIS@mail.nih.gov to request a phone or video advising appointment via Skype or Microsoft Teams.
Onboarding of New Trainees & Employees
DIS is still onboarding certain trainees and employees:
New trainee: In-person non-FTE check-in sessions are suspended until further notice. Administrators should follow the instructions outlined in our DIS newsletters (see below) and submit the
Remote Check-In Form to DIS. Remote onboarding is not possible for new trainees who are currently overseas.
New employee/FTE: Onboarding will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the assigned Immigration Specialist in consultation with the Institute/Center.
DIS discourages international travel for all foreign national trainees and employees at this time. The
phased resumption of U.S. visa services and unpredictable additions to
travel restrictions may significantly delay scientists' re-entry to the United States. Contact DIS if you plan to travel internationally.
If you are stuck abroad and your NIH research is related to the containment or mitigation of COVID-19 research, please contact DIS immediately at
DIS@mail.nih.gov. NIH scientists are government public health professionals and may be eligible for a National Interest Exception to current U.S. travel restrictions. Consult our
COVID FAQs for more information.
Scientists who will travel to the U.S. from a CDC-designated
Level 2 or 3 country should review the
CDC Coronavirus Guidance and consult their NIH lab to determine if a self-quarantine is required before re-entering campus.
DIS is still processing cases (extensions, transfers, etc.):
DIS is still validating badge requests in NED. If a foreign national scientist requires DIS badge validation in NED, consult our NIH ID Badges document requirements. Submit any required documentation via
SEFT for DIS review.