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Before Arrival

Before Your Arrival to the NIH

Congratulations on your upcoming visit to the National Institutes of Health! The Division of International Services (DIS) is the official NIH office responsible for assisting visiting foreign national scientists with navigating visa and immigration issues. Please review the information on our web site to make your transition to the NIH as smooth as possible.

Let us know if you have questions or concerns involving immigration-related matters. If you have questions on administrative matters (such as health insurance or stipend payments), see your Institute/Center’s (IC) Administrative Key Contact. Your “Key Contact” is responsible for assisting you with administrative matters and serves as a liaison with the DIS. A full listing of IC Key Contacts is available here.

From all of us at the DIS, we wish you a successful and enjoyable stay at the NIH!

If you are currently inside the United States, click here.

If you are currently outside the United States, click here.​

DIS Info

​​​Service Hours:
9:00AM - 4:00PM ET

Non-FTE Check-In/EOD:
Monday By 11:30am (​in local time zone of lab)
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Advising Services:
Drop-Ins and Appointments​
Document Pickup:
By Appointment
J-1/J-2 Travel Signature Requests:​
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Badge Validation:
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