The U.S. Department of State's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries includes:
Invitations to prospective employees, guests, or subcontractors who are citizens of, were born in, or are affiliated with (employed or sponsored by) any of the above terrorist-sponsoring countries require advance notification and approval. Individuals from T-4 countries who are working or conducting research for any length of time must be approved by the DOE Under Secretary for Science BEFORE they can be granted access to the Laboratory.
NOTE: DOE requirement does not include those from terrorist-sponsoring countries who have become U.S. citizens.The requirement does, however, include permanent residents or "green card" holders.
NEW POLICY CHANGE FOR T-4 VISITORS (Not engaged in work or research):
No DOE approval is required for short-term T-4 visitors who are not badged and are not engaged in work or research. They must have a host and a business need to visit the Lab for tours, meetings, workshops, conferences, job interviews, etc. T-4 visitors are not allowed access to LBNL Property Protection Areas. Contact FVA Administrator (495-2523) for additional information.
To initiate the DOE approval process, contact the Foreign Visits and Assignments (FVA) Office (495-2523) as early in the hiring or invitation process as possible. Since these approvals are currently taking 4-6 months or more, early notification is essential to best accommodate both the prospective employee, guest, or contractor as well as the sponsoring division.
Principal investigators sponsoring individuals from sensitive or terrorist-sponsoring countries or supervisors overseeing their work or research have certain responsibilities before, during, and after a visit or assignment. Some of these responsibilities include:
- Timely notification of an individual's visit or assignment to the Lab (See Approval Timing for details on required documents and approval time frames)
- Notification of changes in immigration status, areas to be accessed, or dates of access
- Return of badges, parking permits, or keys upon completion of a visit or assignment
SEC0500, Hosting Foreign Nationals is a 15-minute online course that outlines specific host responsibilities (Firefox browser recommended). Course credit will be recorded on the employee or guest's training profile through the Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) program. A PDF version of the course is provided here for reference.