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The Division of International Services (DIS) provides immigration-related services to the National Institutes of Health for Visiting Program scientists and the NIH research community
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Check the DIS case status system for updates
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Upcoming events at DIS
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Everything you need to know about NIH Badges for Visiting Scientists
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22nd Annual DIS Immigration Conference Poster​​

Our Mission

Provide accurate, timely, and responsive immigration-related support to advance the NIH research mission​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.

DIS Info

Service Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm ET

Non-FTE Check-In/EOD: Submit Remotely
Monday By 11:30am (in local time zone of lab)

Advising Services: Drop-Ins and Appointments

Document Pickup: By Appointment

J-1/J-2 Travel Signature Requests: Submit Remotely

Badge Validation: Submit Remotely

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​Welcome to the Division of International Services!

​The Division of International Services (DIS) provides immigration-related services to the National Institutes of Health for Visiting Program scientists and the NIH research community. If you are a new scientist who has just arrived in the United States, please check-in with DIS in order to verify your immigration status and learn about your responsibilities in the United States.

The information provided using this website is only intended to be general summary information only. It is not intended to take the place of written law, regulation or policy. This website should not be used as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

DIS reserves the right to add, delete, or otherwise modify the contents of this website at any time without prior notice. Accordingly, DIS gives no guarantees, promises, or assurances of any kind, expressed or implied, that specific actions will be granted by NIH or other agencies despite compliance with the contents contained on this website. Please also see NIH's Web Policies and Notices.

If you are an employee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), please click the FDA Info link.


Welcome to the DC Area

Welcome to DC

Welcome to the DC Area!

The National Institutes of Health main campus in Bethesda, Maryland, is just a few miles outside of Washington DC, the capital of the United States. Washington DC is a vibrant area; a unique place to experience both the past and present of this country.

Life at NIH

Life at NIH

The NIH offers talented scientists from all over the world an opportunity to share the research resources of its various Institutes and Centers (ICs).​

Global Research

​About the NIH Visiting Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Visiting Program provides opportunities for foreign scientists to train and conduct collaborative research at the NIH, the principal agency of the U.S. Government responsible for conducting and supporting biomedical research​.

Our Mission