1. Do the G-4 visa regulations impact STs on dependent (spouse) G-4 visas with valid Employment Authorization Card (EAC)?
- No. The regulations only apply to Principal G-4 holders.
2. How is ST compliance monitored by HR?
- Full-Time: required to enter a minimum of 18 days/140 hours worked via ST payment portal by the end of each calendar month. [Note: billing must be done between the first and last day of each calendar month, with no cross over between months and TTL must approve submitted time by the 5th of the following month].
- TDY: required to provide copies of a visa stamp or I-94 as validation of leaving the U.S. every 90 days via HR Self-Service.
3. Can STs who work less than 18 days (140 hours) per month obtain/keep a G-4 visa?
- Yes. STs working less than 18 days (140 hours) per are Temporary Duty STs and are eligible for a G-4 visa
|4. How does the G-4 visa policy impact staff on TDY work schedules?|
- TDY STs cannot reside in the U.S. for more than 90 consecutive calendar days at a time.
- TDY STs are not eligible for registration with the U.S. State Department, which enables them to:
- obtain local driver’s licenses
- obtain work authorization cards for eligible dependents; and
- renew G-4 visas inside the U.S.
5. If the work program of an ST on G-4 visa is full-time work, i.e. 35 hrs/week billed, does the STC/STT have to leave the U.S. every 90 days?
- No. STC/STTs who maintain full-time status are registered with State Department and they do not need to leave the U.S. every 90 days.
6. What happens if I am a Full-Time ST on a G-4 visa but cannot record 18 days/140 hours per month?
- Full-Time STs who are not able to record 18 days/140 hours in the ST Payment system by the end of the month will receive a reminder notification of the full-time ST requirements.
7. I have received a third notification as a Full-Time ST that I did not record 18 days/140 hours saying I am being converted to Temporary Duty (TDY) and unregistered with State Department. What does this mean?
- STs will receive up to 3 reminders per fiscal year if they have not recorded the minimum number of days/hours for the month, resulting in conversion to TDY status.
- STs must leave the U.S. immediately upon receiving their notification of conversion to TDY status and submit an the I-94 record of entry upon return to record departure/return.
8. I received a third notification that says I must leave the U.S. immediately. Do I really have to leave the U.S.?
- If your most recent I-94 is dated more than 90 days ago, travel outside the U.S. is required as you have not been completing the required work requirements.
9. Is the Bank Group responsible for the extra cost of travel for impacted staff to comply with visa requirements?
- No. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the ST.
10. Once I left the U.S. as either full-time or TDY ST, can I return to the U.S. to continue working on my contract?
- Yes. If you have unbilled days/hours remaining on your contract you can use your G-4 visa to return to the U.S. as a TDY ST.
11. If I return to the U.S. as a TDY ST, do I need to inform HR?
- Yes. When you return to the U.S. submit a copy of your most recent I-94 record of entry to HR via MyHR Self Service to record your date of entry to the U.S. You may remain in the U.S. working on your contract for up to 90 days before needing to depart again.
12. If I bill all of my days or my contract ends, can I stay in the U.S. until my TTL gives me more days or extends my contract?
- No. If an ST has no more days/hours left to bill or the contract has ended the ST must leave the U.S. until additional days are provided, or the contract is extended.
13. How long after the end of my contract must STs leave the U.S.?
- Full-Time: STs who are registered with the U.S. State Department have 30 days to depart the U.S. at the end of their contract or when they have billed all of their available days. Departure from the U.S. is not required if a new contract is initiated or additional billable days are added within those 30 days.
- TDY: Must depart the U.S. once they their contract has ended or all available days have been billed.
14. The 150-day/1,200-hour fiscal year maximum for STT/STC contracts does not allow me to work Full-Time all year, do I need to leave the U.S. if my TTL cannot extend my contract until the new fiscal year?
- Yes. If an ST has no more days/hours left to bill or the contract has ended because of the 150-day maximum, the ST must leave the U.S until additional days are provided or the contract is extended in the new fiscal year.
15. If I am not able to leave the U.S. when I am supposed to, what is the waiver request process?
- There is no waiver process provided to extend the 90-day maximum stay in the U.S for TDY STs or to not leave the U.S. if your contract ends. Please plan your travel accordingly.
16. I am a ST with a G-4 visa but I do not have a World Bank email or access to MyHR Self Service, how do I notify HR of my G-4 status and/or my travel?
- Please notify your TTL of your need to access MyHR Self Service for G-4 compliance reasons.
- Email HROperations@worldbank.org with your initial visa and work program details or your most recent I-94 if you are returning to the US
- NOTE: without a WB email, all reminders to comply with G-4 regulations will also be sent to your TTL for immediate action.
17. I was converted to TDY status due to failure to comply with Full-Time requirements (i.e. receiving 3rdnotice). Can I switch back to Full-Time for the rest of the fiscal year?
- STs with 65 days/520 hours remaining unbilled may request conversion back to Full-time status via MyHR Self Service.
|18. What are the U.S. Immigration consequences if ST’s do not depart the US as instructed (every 90 days for TDY or immediately if converted from Full Time to TDY)?|
- Failure to follow U.S. Immigration rules may result in difficulty entering the U.S. in the future