Talk To An Advisor

There are various ways you can contact an HIO advisor. If you know who your HIO advisor is, you can contact him or her directly by email or phone. For travel signatures or quick immigration questions, you can stop by the HIO during our regular office hours, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, to speak with an Advisor On Call (AOC).

Advisors on Call

The HIO has an Advisor on Call (AOC) available daily (9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday) for routine services such as travel signatures on visa documents and registration procedures for new arrivals. Students and scholars do not need appointments to see the AOC for basic questions. This service is provided on a first-come first-served basis.

For your convenience, the HIO also holds office hours at the Harvard Business School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School. For details, see our Office Hours.

Typical issues handled by the AOC include:

  • Basic questions concerning visa documents and travel plans
  • Travel signatures for F-1 and J-1 visa holders with sponsorship from Harvard University
  • Check-in registration for incoming students and scholars
  • General procedures for obtaining visa documents
  • General questions about maintaining visa status
  • Letters for Social Security Number and ITIN
  • School and program transfers
  • Issues that require timely attention
  • International students and scholars are encouraged to make appointments with the HIO advisors designated to their schools for more complicated immigration related issues, such as work permission, leaves of absence, visa extensions, etc. Appointments with HIO advisors provide more individualized and thorough consultation.

To schedule an appointment with your HIO advisor use our online appointment system.

If you are not sure which advisor is assigned to your school or department please refer to the HIO's advisor assignment list below.

 

Who Is My Advisor?

Students

Harvard Business School

Students HuQing Piemonte

Harvard College

College - 8 Semester Undergraduates Jessica Heffernan
College - Visiting Undergraduates Robert Russ

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Students Joe Chen

Harvard Divinity School

Students Randa Meyer

Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

GSAS - Masters Students Only Jenny Minichiello
GSAS - Doctoral Students Only Darryl Zeigler
Special Students/Visiting Fellows Jenny Minichiello

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Students Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Students Colleen Griffin

Harvard Kennedy School

Students Briana Gerrish

Harvard Law School

Students Peter O'Meara

Harvard Medical School

HMS - Masters Students Only Jenny Minichiello
HMS - MD Students Only Joe Chen

Harvard Summer School

Students Robert Russ

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

MPH, SM, DrPH and ScD Students Elizabeth Capuano
Ph.D. Students Only Darryl Zeigler

Scholars

Harvard Business School

Scholars Anne Gardsbane

Harvard College

Ceramics Studio Jessica Heffernan
College Jessica Heffernan
Expository Writing Jessica Heffernan
Harvard College Observatory Elizabeth Capuano
Harvard-Yenching Library Jessica Heffernan
Houghton Library Jessica Heffernan
Humanities Jessica Heffernan
Office of the Arts Jessica Heffernan
Radcliffe Institute Jessica Heffernan

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Scholars Joe Chen

Harvard Divinity School

Scholars Randa Meyer

FACULTY ONLY

Faculty - University-wide (except Summer School) Anne Gardsbane
Summer School Only Maureen Martin

Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

African and African-American Studies Darryl Zeigler
Aga Khan Program Colleen Griffin
American Studies Jenny Minichiello
Anthropology Jenny Minichiello
Art Museums Robert Russ
Asia Center Joe Chen
Athletics Anne Gardsbane
Black Hole Initiative Elizabeth Capuano
Celtic Languages and Literatures Colleen Griffin
Center for Advanced Imaging Jessica Heffernan
Center for African Studies Darryl Zeigler
Center for American Political Studies Peter O'Meara
Center for Astrophysics Elizabeth Capuano
Center for Brain Science Darryl Zeigler
Center for European Studies Jenny Minichiello
Center for Hellenic Studies Jenny Minichiello
Center for Jewish Studies Maureen Martin
Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Center for Middle Eastern Studies Maureen Martin
Center for the Environment Randa Meyer
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History Jenny Minichiello
Chemistry and Chemical Biology Jessica Heffernan
Classics Jenny Minichiello
Comparative Literature Elizabeth Capuano
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Peter O'Meara
David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) Peter O'Meara
Department of Visual and Environmental Studies Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Earth and Planetary Sciences Peter O'Meara
East Asian Languages and Civilizations Colleen Griffin
Economics Maureen Martin
Ed labs Maureen Martin
English & American Language and Literature Elizabeth Capuano
Fairbank Center Joe Chen
FAS John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellows Program Elizabeth Capuano
Germanic Languages and Literatures Elizabeth Capuano
Global Health Initiative Elizabeth Capuano
Government Peter O'Meara
Harvard College Observatory/Astronomy Elizabeth Capuano
Harvard Forest Colleen Griffin
Harvard STEM Cell Institute Darryl Zeigler
Harvard-Yenching Institute Joe Chen
History Jenny Minichiello
History of Art and Architecture Colleen Griffin
History of Science Colleen Griffin
Human Evolutionary Biology Elizabeth Capuano
Hutchins Center(includes Du Bois Research Institute) Darryl Zeigler
IQSS Randa Meyer
Korea Institute Peter O'Meara
Linguistics Colleen Griffin
Mathematics Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Molecular and Cellular Biology Darryl Zeigler
Museum of Comparative Zoology Peter O'Meara
Music Robert Russ
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Randa Meyer
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Peter O'Meara
Peabody Museum Jenny Minichiello
Philosophy Peter O'Meara
Physics Jenny Minichiello
Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program Maureen Martin
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics Elizabeth Capuano
Psychology Robert Russ
Reischauer Institute Robert Russ
Romance Languages and Literatures Peter O'Meara
Safra Center for Ethics Peter O'Meara
SCRB Darryl Zeigler
Slavic Languages and Literatures Peter O'Meara
Society of Fellows Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Sociology Peter O'Meara
South Asia Institute Robert Russ
South Asian Studies Robert Russ
Statistics Peter O'Meara
Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Elizabeth Capuano
Ukrainian Research Institute Peter O'Meara
Weatherhead Center/US-Japan Program Ivana Hrga-Griggs

 

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Non-teaching scholars - ONLY Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Teaching scholars - ONLY Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Scholars Colleen Griffin

Harvard Kennedy School

Scholars (except CID) Briana Gerrish
Scholars at International Development ONLY Jessica Heffernan

Harvard Law School

Scholars Peter O'Meara

Harvard Medical School

Scholars (except Cell Biology, BCMP, Division of Immunology, MBIB, Neurobiology) HuQing Piemonte
Scholars (ONLY cell biology, BCMP) Joe Chen
Scholars (ONLY MBIB, Neurobiology,Division of Immunology ) Colleen Griffin

Other Affiliates

Advanced Leadership Intiative Anne Gardsbane
American Repertory Theatre Anne Gardsbane
Arnold Arboretum Peter O'Meara
Instituto Cervantes Observatory Peter O'Meara
Nieman Fellows Ivana Hrga-Griggs
Real Colegio Complutense Peter O'Meara
Rowland Maureen Martin

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Scholars Jenny Minichiello

Harvard Summer School

HSS Faculty Maureen Martin

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Scholars Elizabeth Capuano

Wyss Institute

Scholars Anne Gardsbane

Student Interns

Harvard University

University Interns Colleen Griffin

Harvard Affiliated Hospitals

Hospital Interns Briana Gerrish

Harvard Affiliated Hospital Scholars

BIDMC

Scholars Joe Chen

Boston Children's Hospital

Student Interns Only Briana Gerrish

Cambridge Health Alliance

Scholars Randa Meyer

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Student Interns Only Briana Gerrish

Harvard Pilgrim

Scholars HuQing Piemonte

Joslin Diabetes Center

Scholars Ivana Hrga-Griggs

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Scholars Maureen Martin

Partner's

Student Interns Only Briana Gerrish

Veteran’s Administration Hospitals

Scholars Randa Meyer