If you are a foreign national, you will need the appropriate U.S. visa or be able to enter the U.S. underthe Visa Waiver Program. Please note that we cannot issue a Fermilab Visitor ID Badge to you if you hold tourist status (if B-2, VT, or VWT is marked on your I-94 Arrival Card). If entering as a Business Visitor, you must have B-1 marked on your I-94 Card. If entering under the Visa Waiver Program, you must have VB or VWB marked on your I-94 Card, to denote that you are permitted to engage in business activities.Non-US citizens who hold citizenship, were born in, or are affiliated with: Cuba, Iran, Sudan or Syria must undergo DOE security clearance before applying for, or renewing, Fermilab site access. The FNAL contact inviting you to Fermilab must initiate this. Contact the Users Office if there are questions or for more information.
Completion of the steps above before your arrival at the Users Office will greatly reduce the time involved in processing and issuing your first ID badge. This will get you out into the Lab and working much faster.
Scientists and professionals from other institutions who need to access the Fermilab Site must have valid and unexpired ID badges. On-site privileges are not the same as computing privileges. A User who needs only computing privileges need not apply for an ID Badge, but need merely obtain a Visitor ID number. Please see our information on Fermilab Computing Privileges.
|U.S. Citizen||Non U.S. Citizen|
|PhD||3 years||1 year* maximum|
|Engineer||3 years||1 year* maximum|
|Technician||3 years||1 year* maximum|
Post-Doctorate, Graduate or Under-Graduate student
|1 year||1 year* maximum|
Within the maximums listed above, the validity of the ID Badge cannot exceed the shortest of:
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires that Fermilab collects certain information and documents from all ID badge applicants, including all Users. The DOE also requires that we track the immigration status of all non-U.S. citizen Users. Foreign Users must advise the Users Office of changes in visa status, such as the issuances of new visas, extensions of status, or changes from one type of visa to another.
The DOE requires that all Users and visitors to Fermilab present information and/or documentation relating to identity and/or citizenship status. The provision of the requested information/documents is voluntary; however, failure to comply may result in denial of an ID badge. Information/documentation provided by non-US citizens is entered into a DOE database. All Users Office files, including any information and copies of any documentation provided during an ID badge application, may be reviewed by DOE and other federal agencies at any time, without notice or any other explicit permission.
While the ID Badge can be issued only once you have physically arrived at Fermilab, there are many steps that you should complete before you arrive here that will speed the Badging process.
Questions? Comments? Contact the Users Office.