Office Hours

For your convenience, we offer office hours at various locations around the University. No appointment is needed—just drop in! 

The HIO main office in the Smith Campus Center is open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday.

Main Campus

The HIO is open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

University Holidays

Most Harvard offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. University offices, banks, post offices, and many stores close in observance of legal holidays. The University usually closes for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Building Security Procedures

Please be aware that Smith Campus Center security officers will ask all individuals entering the building for their Harvard IDs or evidence of Harvard affiliation. International students, scholars and family members who have just arrived in the United States may present passports and visa documents in order to have access to the HIO or any other offices in Smith Campus Center.

Harvard Business School

HuQing Piemonte, the HIO advisor for HBS, will hold office hours in Wilder House on HBS campus from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm during the following dates for the fall semester in 2018. Please feel free to drop in to see HuQing for immigration related questions. No appointment is needed.

  • Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Monday, October 1, 2018
  • Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Monday, December 3, 2018

Harvard Law School

Peter O’Meara, HIO Advisor for HLS, holds walk-in office hours for HLS students and scholars in WCC 4062 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates during the fall 2018 semester.  Please feel free to drop by to see Peter with immigration-related questions. No appointment is needed.

• Thursday, September 20, 2018
• Thursday, November 1, 2018
• Thursday, November 15, 2018
• Thursday, November 29, 2018
• Thursday, December 13, 2018

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Elizabeth Capuano,  the HIO advisor for HSPH, will hold walk-in office hours for HSPH students and scholars in Kresge G4 on the following dates.  Walk-in hours are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.   If you are unable to meet with Elizabeth during walk-in hours and prefer to meet with her while she is at HSPH, please e-mail her directly to discuss afternoon appointment availability or meeting with her at the HIO in Cambridge.

  • Thursday, September 13 – Walk-in hours will be from 9 am to 12 noon.  A post-completion OPT workshop will be held in Kresge G-1 from 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm.  Please note that this workshop is geared towards students who will complete their programs in December and/or plan to receive a March 2019 diploma.
  • Tuesday, September 25 – Elizabeth will also be at the Fall Practice Fair from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm in the Kresge cafeteria.
  • Thursday, October 4 – Walk-in hours will be held from 9 am to 11 am.  Afternoon appointments will not be available this day due to pre-planned administrative meetings.
  • Thursday, October 11
  • Thursday, October 25
  • Thursday,  November 8
  • Thursday, November 29
  • Thursday, December 13


Joseph Chen, the HIO advisor, holds monthly office hours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following dates in 2018.  No appointment is needed.


240 Longwood Ave, HMS Quad, Building C1, Conference Room 639

  • January 22, 2018
  • February 26, 2018
  • March 26, 2018 (Changed to Room C-439)
  • April 23, 2018
  • May 21, 2018
  • June 18, 2018
  • July 23, 2018
  • August, No Office Hours
  • September 17, 2018
  • October 15, 2018
  • November 19, 2018
  • December 10, 2018