What's New

August 20, 2014

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.

When: Wednesday, September 10th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and Thursday, September 18th, 10:00 am– 3:00 pm

Where: the Harvard International Office (HIO), 864 Smith Campus Center

Be sure to bring the original and photocopy of your passport, ...

August 8, 2014

In order to accommodate immigration registration at the beginning of the academic year, the HIO will be open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, from August 18th to September 2nd. Students and scholars are encouraged to stop by to register and to ask immigration and settling-in related questions. The HIO will resume its regular office hours (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) on Wednesday, September 3rd. All University offices will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day. ...

The Department of State consular systems have been experiencing technical difficulties since a software update on July 20th.  The problem is world-wide and not specific to any particular country or visa category.  As a result, this has prevented U.S. embassies and consulates from issuing passports, visas, and other official documents in a timely manner.
The Department of State is working diligently in investigating the cause of the performance issues and to restore full functionality to the global database.
Please refer to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html for regular updates on the status of visa issuance and an FAQ on the situation.

Personal Stories

Boston, as a city of immigrants, shares the same values and outlook as my Greek birthplace. Strolling along the Charles River or enjoying the sea breeze at the Boston harbor transports me back home.

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International population over time

International population this year