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 “Drop-In” hours are available 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 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.