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October 5, 2022

The Department of State has announced the procedures for the next Diversity Visa Lottery (DV-2024). Detailed information is available on the Department of State website.

The Diversity Visa Lottery enables individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States an opportunity to enter a lottery to obtain a green card provided they meet certain minimal qualifications. For Fiscal Year 2024, 55,000 Diversity Visas will be available.

For DV-2024, natives of the following countries are NOT eligible to apply because the countries sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela, and Vietnam. 

Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan ARE eligible to participate in the Lottery.

September 16, 2022

Many U.S. airports have discontinued stamping passports with an entry stamp when you enter the U.S. Instead, each time you enter the U.S., the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) creates an online, electronic entry record to record your entry to the U.S. This is called your I-94 record.  The I-94 record will be your only official record of entry to the U.S. 

You should check and save a screenshot of your I-94  record each time you enter the U.S. as the I-94 record is the only official evidence of your entry into the U.S. and you may need it for other purposes. If the I-94 record ever displays incorrect information, or cannot be found, please contact your HIO Advisor.

September 14, 2022

We hope that international students, scholars, and student interns are settling in to campus well for the start of the term. If you are in need of talking with your HIO advisor, please review the resources below to get in touch with the HIO:

Personal Stories

Remain true to who you are. Don't feel like you have to suddenly become "American" now that you're here. Be proud of your cultural and national identity! There's always so much to share and learn.

Woojin Lim - Canada - Harvard College

My best experience at Harvard has been the First-Year International Program, a four day preorientation program for international students. I participated in it when I matriculated, and have had the privilege of been involved in organizing it. Each year it has been  a fantastic way to connect with the international community.

Esme Trahair - United Kingdom - Harvard College

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year