What's New

August 16, 2019

For those students who will be working on campus and therefore eligible to apply for a Social Security Number, representatives from the Social Security Administration will come to campus this fall to process Social Security Number applications on Tuesday, September 10th, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Wednesday, September 18th, 9:00 am– 3:00 pm at the HIO, 864 Smith Campus Center. Be sure to bring the original and photocopy of your passport, visa document (Form I-20, DS-2019, etc.) and F or J visa with red entry stamp in your passport.  Please follow these instructions to prepare the paperwork prior to a session so you will have the necessary documents for the session.

August 8, 2019

From Monday, August 19, to Friday, August 30, the HIO will remain open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in order to accommodate the large number of newly arrived international students and scholars. New international students and scholars must register with the HIO immediately upon arrival. New international students must first register with the HIO prior to registering for classes. On September 3rd, the HIO will resume its regular walk-in advising hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  9:00 amd-3:00 pm; Tuesday:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

July 17, 2019

President Larry Bacow traveled to Washington, DC this week to meet with members of Congress to discuss a range of University priorities and concerns, including the uncertainties federal immigration policy has created for faculty and students at Harvard and at universities across the nation. Read more

In a related move, Bacow also sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan last week calling on them to expedite the visa and immigration process for foreign students and researchers.

June 24, 2019

F-1 students who applied for OPT are facing unprecedented delays in receiving their EADs (employment authorization documents). These delays not only affect our recent graduates and HU hiring departments, but those across the U.S. Without EADs, students have no income and are not permitted to begin working until they get their EADs. They cannot travel outside the U.S. and reenter the U.S. without the EAD. In previous years, OPT applications have taken 60-100 days to be processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but the processing time this year is much longer than previous years.  Recent estimates are that OPT processing could take as long as 5.5 months. These delays are part of a bigger problem within USCIS. The General Accountability Office (GAO) will undertake a study in the fall at the urging of Congress to investigate USCIS processing times which have increased by up to 46 percent since Fiscal Year 2016.  We are working with various offices across the University and professional organizations to advocate for our students.  Please feel free to contact your HIO advisor if you have any questions.

May 8, 2019

If you plan to work off-campus in the U.S. this summer, you must apply for U.S. work permission. If you have an F-1 visa click here for instructions to apply for pre-completion or post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).  If you are a J-1 student click here for instructions to apply for pre-completion or post-completion Academic Training (AT).

March 6, 2019