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March 25, 2020

Recent events related to coronavirus (COVID-19) have placed Harvard, and the world, in unchartered territory and as expected have led to a great deal of uncertainty.  We wanted to follow up on information we had sent prior and answer some of the more recent questions we have received. In addition to the HIO's Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ, please see our updated COVID-19 message for more up to date information regarding HIO operations, visa issuance worldwide, tax deadlines and social security offices, how to maintain your visa status, and more.

March 16, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18, the HIO will be closed to walk ins and in person appointments until further notice. HIO staff and advisors will be working remotely, and will be available via telephone and email, or for appointments via skype or zoom. Please contact your HIO Advisor with any questions or concerns.

March 12, 2020

The HIO has compiled a comprehensive FAQ to answer any visa-related issues connected to Coronavirus (COVID-19), including general travel and visa concerns, student issues, work authorization applications, and international scholar issues. Please note that any future travel to the U.S. may be impacted by the U.S. government's travel suspension.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your HIO Advisor.

Personal Stories

Remain true to who you are. Don't feel like you have to suddenly become "American" now that you're here. Be proud of your cultural and national identity! There's always so much to share and learn.

Woojin Lim - Canada - Harvard College

Step out your comfort zone and you will see a new world.

Qiurui Zeng - China - Harvard Medical School

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year