Office Hours

For your convenience, we offer office hours at various locations around the University. No appointment is needed—just drop in! 

The HIO main office in the Smith Campus Center is open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Main Campus

The HIO is open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

University Holidays

Most Harvard offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. University offices, banks, post offices, and many stores close in observance of legal holidays. The University usually closes for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Building Security Procedures

Please be aware that Smith Campus Center security officers will ask all individuals entering the building for their Harvard IDs or evidence of Harvard affiliation. International students, scholars and family members who have just arrived in the United States may present passports and visa documents in order to have access to the HIO or any other offices in Smith Campus Center.

Harvard Business School

HuQing Piemonte, the HIO advisor for HBS, will hold office hours in Wilder House on HBS campus from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm during the following dates for the fall semester in 2017. Please feel free to drop in to see HuQing for immigration related questions. No appointment is needed.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Monday, November 27, 2017
  • Monday, December 18, 2017

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Elizabeth Capuano,  the HIO advisor for HSPH, will hold walk-in office hours for HSPH students and scholars in Kresge G4 on the following dates.  Walk-in hours are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.   If you are unable to meet with Elizabeth during walk-in hours and prefer to meet with her while she is at HSPH, please e-mail her directly to discuss afternoon appointment availability or meeting with her at the HIO in Cambridge.

  • Wednesday, August 30 – Office hours will run from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, and appointment-only hours will resume from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  Please contact Elizabeth directly for information about appointment availability.
  • Thursday, September 7 – Office hours will run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Afternoon hours are available by appointment only; please contact Elizabeth directly for additional information.  OPT Workshop for March Graduates – If you will receive a March diploma, please plan to attend this OPT workshop at 1 PM in Kresge G2.  We will go over application timelines and the steps for submitting an OPT application to the HIO.
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2 – Office hours will run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and will resume from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  OPT Forum – If you will graduate in May 2018 and have questions about the OPT process, please plan on attending this workshop at 1 pm in Kresge G2.  We will go over application timelines and some of the frequently asked questions students have about the OPT process.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • Thursday, December 21, 2017


Joseph Chen, the HIO advisor, holds monthly office hours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following dates in 2017.  No appointment is needed.

  • January 23, 2017
  • February 27, 2017
  • March 27, 2017
  • April 24, 2017
  • May 22, 2017
  • June 19, 2017
  • July 17, 2017
  • August, No Office Hours
  • September 18, 2017
  • October 16, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • December 11, 2017


Building C1, Conference Room 639, Harvard Longwood Campus