All NIH-sponsored J-1 Exchange Visitors must check-in with the Division of International Services (DIS) when they first arrive at NIH. DIS verifies that visiting scientists were lawfully admitted to the United States in the correct immigration status, confirms that they have the proper work authorization to undertake activities at NIH, and activates their program at NIH. DIS also validates the arrival of J-1 Exchange Visitors with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.
You will need to check-in with our office before you can begin your program at NIH. When you check-in with DIS, we will look over your immigration documents and complete the processing of any necessary forms. You will be given important information you need as you begin your stay at NIH and we will also schedule you to attend any applicable orientations or seminars. Congratulations on your upcoming visit to NIH!
DIS check-in sessions are held every Monday morning (except for government holidays and closures), beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m. For more information on check-in session locations, please visit our
Upcoming Events page.
If your site of activity is not in close proximity to the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, please contact your Institute/Center (IC) Key Contact or Administrative Officer to schedule an appointment to process your check-in remotely.
- Your and any family members’
original immigration documents. This includes your passport, print-out of your
electronic Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, and your Form DS-2019. Copies are not acceptable for check-in. Please let us know when you check-in if your family members will be joining you in the United States at a later date.
- EARLY ARRIVALS: If you are requesting an earlier start date, bring the
Early Start Date Confirmation form completed and signed by your Institute/Center (IC) Key Contact or Administrative Officer, your lab/branch Sponsor, or other IC designated official.
We are excited to welcome you to the United States’ medical research agency! We look forward to meeting you and supporting you in immigration matters throughout your time at NIH.