Fermilab's Visa Office is in Wilson Hall, on the first floor, west side. Our entrance is directly north of the elevator banks, next to the restrooms. Regular office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, with a one hour break during lunchtime.
Did you know...
A "visa" is the stamp in your passport that suggests what you would like to do in the U.S. Your "status" sets what you are permitted to do while in the U.S. It is shown by your I-94 Card. Your visa may expire while you are in the U.S., but your status cannot expire.
For more explanations, see our Glossary!
To maintain lawful visa status in the U.S., you should engage only in the activities that are permitted by your visa status approval. If you hold J-1 visa status, advise the Visa Office of changes in your residential address within 10 days of the move. All other non-U.S. citizens must file a Form AR-11 with the USCIS. If you need to remain in the U.S. past the expiration on your I-94 Card or DS-2019 (NEW PAGE - DS-2019), contact the Visa Office to confirm the procedure to request an extension of stay.
Adjusting to life in the U.S. sometimes can be challenging. Fermilab has many resources for non-U.S. citizens visiting or working here. The Visa Office hosts Welcome to the U.S. presentations both online, and in-person during summer months. Fermilab's Employment Office's International Orientation provides guidance on how to lease apartments or open bank accounts, and other topics. Fermilab's NALWO hosts "English as a Second Language" classes onsite. Click here for more local resources.