What's New

October 19, 2020

The Harvard International Office provides informational sessions regarding future visa options and green cards each year.  This session provides general information regarding sponsorship possibilities outside of Harvard.  Given the current pandemic, we have asked the attorney scheduled to present this semester to record her presentation.  You may access the presentation on YouTube

Please note that the university does not endorse any attorney or firm nor is this presentation intended to be legal advice.   If you have questions for the presenter, please feel free to leave them in comments on the link and she may respond.

October 2, 2020

The Department of State has announced the procedures for the next Diversity Visa Lottery. Detailed information is available on the Department of State website.

The Diversity Visa Lottery enables individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States an opportunity to enter a lottery to obtain a green card provided they meet certain minimal qualifications. For Fiscal Year 2022, 55,000 Diversity Visas will be available.

For DV-2022, natives of the following countries are NOT eligible to apply because the countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.

Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan ARE eligible to participate in the Lottery.

October 2, 2020

USCIS fee increases, which were set to go into effect on October 2, 2020, have been temporarily suspended by a court order. If you are an F-1 student applying for OPT or STEM OPT, or a J-2 applying for work permission, please note that until further notice you may continue to pay the existing I-765 fee of $410.

Department administrations working on H-1B, O-1, TN, E-3, or green card petitions should be in touch with their HIO Advisors for more information.

Personal Stories

I was attracted to Harvard for its excellent and broad scientific environment. Specifically, in my case Harvard offered a very unique opportunity allowing me (a theoretical physicist) to work very closely with experimentalists; this is a new and refreshing experience for me.

Martin Schuetz - Germany - GSAS

The spirit and energy of the program is unparalleled, and there is something really special about a group of international students from such different places (from literally all over the world), but who feel so connected.

Lisa van der Sluijs - Netherlands - Harvard College

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year