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Check-in Procedure

FDA Initial Arrival and NIH Check-in Procedure

Upon initial arrival to FDA, all FDA sponsored foreign employees must check-in with the FDA Administrative Contact. The Division of International Services (DIS) must verify that the scientist is in the proper immigration status, and issue immigration clearance to begin employment.

For FDA Foreign Scientists:

You must report your arrival to your FDA Administrative Contact no later than 3 days after arrival to the United States!

When reporting to your FDA Administrative Contact, please bring your passport, Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, and applicable immigration documents. If family members accompanied you to the U.S., bring their passports and above documents as well.

You will be given information essential to review for your stay in the U.S. and scheduled to attend any applicable orientation.


For FDA Administrative Contacts:

Please fax the FDA Visiting Foreign Scientist Arrival Check-in package to DIS at: (301) 496-0847 within 3 days of the scientist's arrival.

Refer to DIS checklist for FDA Administrative Contacts and FDA Visiting Foreign Scientist Arrival Check-in.

FDA Visiting Scientist Check-in (PDF)​

DIS Info 
Service Hours:
8:30am - 4:30pm
Check-In Hours:
Walk-in Hours:
Available via Zoom
Monday – Thursday
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Badge Validation:
Submit via SEFT