Talk To An Advisor

There are various ways you can contact an HIO advisor. If you know who your HIO advisor is, you can contact him or her directly by email or phone. For travel signatures or quick immigration questions, you can stop by the HIO during our regular office hours, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, to speak with an Advisor On Call (AOC).

Advisors on Call

The HIO has an Advisor on Call (AOC) available daily (9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday) for routine services such as travel signatures on visa documents and registration procedures for new arrivals. Students and scholars do not need appointments to see the AOC for basic questions. This service is provided on a first-come first-served basis.

For your convenience, the HIO also holds office hours at the Harvard Business School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School. For details, see our Office Hours.

Typical issues handled by the AOC include:

  • Basic questions concerning visa documents and travel plans
  • Travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holders with sponsorship from Harvard University
  • Check-in registration for incoming students and scholars
  • General procedures for obtaining visa documents
  • General questions about maintaining visa status
  • Letters for Social Security Number and ITIN
  • School and program transfers
  • Issues that require timely attention
  • International students and scholars are encouraged to make appointments with the HIO advisors designated to their schools for more complicated immigration related issues, such as work permission, leaves of absence, visa extensions, etc. Appointments with HIO advisors provide more individualized and thorough consultation.

To schedule an appointment with your HIO advisor use our online appointment system.

If you are not sure which advisor is assigned to your school or department please refer to the HIO's advisor assignment list below.

 

Who Is My Advisor?

Student

Business School

Business School HuQing Piemonte

College

College - 8 Semester Undergraduates Tana Ruegamer
College - Visiting Undergraduates Robert Russ

Dental

Dental Joe Chen

Divinity

Divinity Briana Gerrish

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

GSAS - Masters Students Only Jenny Minichiello
GSAS - Doctoral Students Only Darryl Zeigler
Special Students/Visiting Fellows Jenny Minichiello

Graduate School of Design

Graduate School of Design Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education Colleen Griffin

Kennedy School of Government

Kennedy School of Government Jessica Heffernan

Law School

Law School Peter O'Meara

Medical School

HMS - Masters Students Only Jenny Minichiello
HMS - MD Students Only Joe Chen

Summer School

Summer School Briana Gerrish

T.H. Chan School of Public Health

T.H. Chan School of Public Health Elizabeth Capuano

Scholars

Business School

Business School Anne Gardsbane

College

Ceramics Studio Tana Ruegamer
College Tana Ruegamer
Expository Writing Tana Ruegamer
Harvard College Observatory Elizabeth Capuano
Harvard-Yenching Library Tana Ruegamer
Houghton Library Tana Ruegamer
Humanities Tana Ruegamer
Office of the Arts Tana Ruegamer
Radcliffe Institute Tana Ruegamer

Dental

Dental Joe Chen

Divinity

Divinity Briana Gerrish

FACULTY ONLY

Faculty - University-wide (except Summer School) Anne Gardsbane
Summer School Only Briana Gerrish

FAS

African and African-American Studies Darryl Zeigler
Aga Khan Program Colleen Griffin
American Studies Jenny Minichiello
Anthropology Jenny Minichiello
Art Museums Robert Russ
Asia Center Joe Chen
Athletics Anne Gardsbane
Black Hole Initiative Elizabeth Capuano
Celtic Languages and Literatures Colleen Griffin
Center for African Studies Darryl Zeigler
Center for American Political Studies Peter O'Meara
Center for Astrophysics Elizabeth Capuano
Center for Brain Science Darryl Zeigler
Center for European Studies Jenny Minichiello
Center for Hellenic Studies Jenny Minichiello
Center for Jewish Studies Maureen Martin
Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Center for Middle Eastern Studies Maureen Martin
Center for the Environment Briana Gerrish
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History Jenny Minichiello
Chemistry and Chemical Biology Tana Ruegamer
Classics Jenny Minichiello
Comparative Literature Elizabeth Capuano
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Peter O'Meara
David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) Peter O'Meara
Earth and Planetary Sciences Peter O'Meara
East Asian Languages and Civilizations Colleen Griffin
Economics Maureen Martin
Ed labs Maureen Martin
English & American Language and Literature Elizabeth Capuano
Fairbank Center Joe Chen
FAS John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellows Program Elizabeth Capuano
Germanic Languages and Literatures Elizabeth Capuano
Global Health Initiative Elizabeth Capuano
Government Peter O'Meara
Harvard College Observatory/Astronomy Elizabeth Capuano
Harvard Forest Colleen Griffin
Harvard STEM Cell Institute Darryl Zeigler
Harvard-Yenching Institute Joe Chen
History Jenny Minichiello
History of Art and Architecture Colleen Griffin
History of Science Colleen Griffin
Human Evolutionary Biology Elizabeth Capuano
Hutchins Center(includes Du Bois Research Institute) Darryl Zeigler
IQSS Briana Gerrish
Korea Institute Peter O'Meara
Linguistics Colleen Griffin
Mathematics Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Molecular and Cellular Biology Darryl Zeigler
Museum of Comparative Zoology Peter O'Meara
Music Robert Russ
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Briana Gerrish
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Peter O'Meara
Peabody Museum Jenny Minichiello
Philosophy Peter O'Meara
Physics Jenny Minichiello
Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program Maureen Martin
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics Elizabeth Capuano
Psychology Robert Russ
Reischauer Institute Robert Russ
Romance Languages and Literatures Peter O'Meara
Safra Center for Ethics Peter O'Meara
SCRB Darryl Zeigler
Slavic Languages and Literatures Peter O'Meara
Society of Fellows Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Sociology Peter O'Meara
South Asia Institute Robert Russ
South Asian Studies Robert Russ
Statistics Peter O'Meara
Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Elizabeth Capuano
Ukrainian Research Institute Peter O'Meara
Visual and Environmental Studies Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Weatherhead Center/US-Japan Program Ivana Hrga-Griggs

 

Graduate School of Design

Non-teaching scholars - ONLY Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Teaching scholars - ONLY Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education Colleen Griffin

Kennedy School of Government

Kennedy School of Government (except Ash Center) Jessica Heffernan
Kennedy School of Government Ash Center ONLY Briana Gerrish

Law School

Law School Peter O'Meara

Medical School

Medical School (except Cell Biology, BCMP, Division of Immunology, MBIB, Neurobiology) HuQing Piemonte
Medical School (ONLY cell biology, BCMP) Joe Chen
Medical School (ONLY MBIB, Neurobiology,Division of Immunology ) Colleen Griffin

Other Affiliates

American Repertory Theatre Anne Gardsbane
Arnold Arboretum Peter O'Meara
Instituto Cervantes Observatory Peter O'Meara
Nieman Fellows Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Real Colegio Complutense Peter O'Meara
Rowland Maureen Martin

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Jenny Minichiello

Summer School

HSS Faculty Briana Gerrish

T.H. Chan School of Public Health

T.H. Chan School of Public Health Elizabeth Capuano

Wyss Institute

Wyss Institute Anne Gardsbane

Student Interns

University

University Colleen Griffin

Hospital

Hospital Jessica Heffernan

Hospital Scholars

BIDMC

BIDMC Joe Chen

Boston Children's Hospital

Student Interns Only Jessica Heffernan

Cambridge Health Alliance

Cambridge Health Alliance Briana Gerrish

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Student Interns Only Jessica Heffernan

Harvard Pilgrim

Scholars HuQing Piemonte

Joslin Diabetes Center

Joslin Diabetes Center Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Maureen Martin

Partner's

Student Interns Only Jessica Heffernan

Veteran’s Administration Hospitals

Scholars Briana Gerrish