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​​​​​​Visiting Program Scientists​
J-1 Travel

International travel by foreign national trainees and employees must be planned carefully.

If you need a travel signature from DIS on your Form DS-2019, refer to the Document Pickup & Travel Signatures page of our website.

Travel, whether for personal or professional reasons, can be an exciting adventure or a stressful challenge. Before you catch an airplane to speak at a conference, book reservations for your perfect vacation, or take a trip home to visit family, make sure that you consider the immigration side of traveling and find the answers to your questions ahead of time. Use the resources on this page to confirm the correct documents you will need to reenter the United States to return to NIH. If you will be renewing your visa, please refer to the handouts linked below and our poster on the visa adjudication process.

Please Contact DIS several weeks before traveling if you have any travel-related questions so that we can help your traveling experience go as smoothly as possible.


J-1/J-2 DIS Travel Tool 

Revised 09​/2023​

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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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