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Check-In Procedure

Resources for Newly Arrived FTE Foreign National Scientists

We are pleased to welcome you to your new Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) position at the FDA. We hope that you find your stay pleasant and rewarding. Below you will find important resources and information to support you in maintaining your immigration status while employed by the FDA.

All new FDA-sponsored foreign employees must complete the FDA Visiting Scientist Check-In Form and submit it to DIS with any applicable documents, as noted on the form. Please include your FDA email address to ensure that you are added to our immigration listserv, which will inform you of important immigration updates, changes and reminders. If you are joining the FDA from overseas, you must report your arrival to DIS no later than 3 days  after your arrival to the United States, even if you do not yet have your long-term local address or FDA email.

Here are some additional resources with important information on maintaining your immigration status:

If you have immigration-related questions during your appointment, please Contact Us. If you have any questions about the remainder of the onboarding process, please contact your FDA Administrative Contact, and/or Human Resources (HR) Specialist.

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Service Hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm ET
Non-FTE Check-In/EOD:
Monday By 11:30am
(in local time zone of lab)
Advising Services:
Document Pickup:​​​​​​​​​​
J-1/J-2 Travel Signature Requests:​​​​​​​​​​​
Badge Validation:​​​​​​​​​​
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