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 to Friday

Main Campus

The HIO is open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 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 2017. Please feel free to drop in to see HuQing for immigration related questions. No appointment is needed.

  • Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, October 23, 2017
  • Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Monday, November 27, 2017
  • Monday, December 18, 2017

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, December 21, 2017 – Office hours are cancelled.  If you have questions or concerns about your Harvard-sponsored visa, please contact Elizabeth directly for assistance.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Office hours will run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Afternoon hours are available by appointment only; please contact Elizabeth directly for additional information.  OPT Workshop for May 2018 Graduates – If you will receive a May 2018 diploma, please plan to attend this OPT workshop at 1 PM in Kresge G1.  We will go over application timelines and the steps for submitting an OPT application to the HIO.
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018


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
  • 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