Using ISD

ISD is a web-based application that allows hiring departments at Harvard to request visa sponsorship for international scholars from the Harvard International Office (HIO). Once an international scholar's academic appointment is confirmed, the Harvard hiring department must create a record for the individual in ISD. For information about using ISD, please refer to our ISD Manual.

Please note, ISD should only be used for first time visitors only. If scholars are already in the HIO  system, i.e. they are changing departments and/or are already in the HIO system from previous visits, please use the eForm instead of ISD.  Do not create new ISD records for these individuals.