On October 2, 2020, USCIS will be adjusting its filing fees for certain immigration benefit applications and petitions. Please note that any applications received by USCIS as of this date must include the new filing fees, listed below:
I-129 (H-1B petitions):
- Fee increase from $460 to $555
I-129 (O-1 petitions):
- Fee increase from $460 to $705
I-129 (E-3 and TN petitions):
- Fee increase from $460 to $695
I-765 (OPT, STEM OPT, and J-2 work authorization):
- Fee increase from $410 to $550
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (MA) has released updated travel guidance for out-of-state visitors. As this guidance is likely to change as circumstances evolve, you should continue to monitor the requirements until you arrive.
- Visitors, including residents, must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
- Visitors, including residents, must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in MA.
- Visitors into MA are exempt from the quarantine requirement if they have received a negative result from a COVID-19 test based on a sample obtained not longer than 72 hours before their arrival.
- Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.
Starting Wednesday, July 8, an HIO Advisor-on-Call will be available via Zoom Monday – Friday from 9:00 -10:00am and 4:00 - 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time. This service is offered via Zoom on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is intended for international students and scholars with quick questions. For details on accessing the Advisor-on-Call waiting room during these times, please click here.
Each school in Harvard has a diverse student body from international countries across the world and this enriches one’s experience and learning as a student. The message of “One Harvard” is strongly felt when you sit for conversations with students and Alum from Harvard back in India, Boston or internationally.
I have found it easier and quicker to learn about anything, whether academic or nonacademic, by asking the people around me about it rather than looking up the information online or in books. Therefore my advice to new international students would be to really utilize people around them as resources.