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July 31, 2020

On October 2, 2020, USCIS will be adjusting its filing fees for certain immigration benefit applications and petitions. Please note that any applications received by USCIS as of this date must include the new filing fees, listed below:

I-129 (H-1B petitions):

  • Fee increase from $460 to $555

I-129 (O-1 petitions):

  • Fee increase from $460  to $705

I-129 (E-3 and TN petitions): 

  • Fee increase from $460 to $695

I-765 (OPT, STEM OPT, and J-2 work authorization): 

  • Fee increase from $410 to $550
July 28, 2020

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA) has released updated travel guidance for out-of-state visitors.  As this guidance is likely to change as circumstances evolve, you should continue to monitor the requirements until you arrive. 

  • Visitors, including residents, must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Visitors, including residents, must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in MA.
  • Visitors into MA are exempt from the quarantine requirement if they have received a negative result from a COVID-19 test based on a sample obtained not longer than 72 hours before their arrival.
  • Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.
July 16, 2020

Starting Wednesday, July 8, an HIO Advisor-on-Call will be available via Zoom Monday – Friday from 9:00 -10:00am and 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. This service is offered via Zoom on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is intended for international students and scholars with quick questions.  For details on accessing the Advisor-on-Call waiting room during these times, please click here.

If you would like to set up a regular 30-minute appointment to speak with the HIO Advisor for your School or Department, you may make an appointment online or contact your HIO Advisor directly.

Personal Stories

Harvard is like Disneyland for scientists. Overwhelming amount of attractions, as world experts in basically any field of research, are centered together in a vivid and collaborative environment. The power of Harvard as a brand clearly shows and I am grateful to be part of it.

Dan Davidi - Israel - Harvard Medical School

My best experience at Harvard has been the First-Year International Program, a four day preorientation program for international students. I participated in it when I matriculated, and have had the privilege of been involved in organizing it. Each year it has been  a fantastic way to connect with the international community.

Esme Trahair - United Kingdom - Harvard College

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