The Harvard International Office (HIO) will be undergoing a space renovation over the 2019 Winter Break. In order to complete the renovation by Thursday, January 2, 2020, the office will be closed to walk-in advising starting at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019 through January 1, 2020. The office will open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
On Monday and Tuesday, December 23rd-24th, all HIO employees will be working from home. This means some HIO services will be limited or unavailable. We will be unable to meet with students and scholars in our offices or produce/sign immigration documents. However, we will be answering emails and telephone calls made directly to advisors or staff. Our main telephone number (617-495-2789) will not be in service during this time. Our website is an excellent resource for any questions you may have. ISD will be available to administrators during this time.
Beginning on December 2, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is adjusting the fee to request premium processing for certain employment-based petitions.
The HIO has received multiple reports of international students and scholars receiving scam phone calls from individuals representing themselves as employees with “U.S. Immigration” or other government entities. They alter caller ID systems to make it appear that the call is coming from a governmental number. The scammers obtain or verify personally identifiable information from their victims through various tactics, including by telling individuals that they are the victims of identity theft. The scammers also pose as law enforcement or immigration officials and threaten victims with arrest unless they make payments to the scammers using a variety of methods.
If you receive a call from anyone claiming to be a governmental entity, please ask for their contact information and callback number and contact your HIO Advisor immediately. Individuals receiving phone calls from these numbers should not provide any personal information. You can find more information on the HUPD website.
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