What's New

March 24, 2023

Effective immediately, F student visas can now be issued up to 365 days in advance of the I-20 program start date, allowing more time for students to apply for a visa. Students are still not allowed to enter the U.S. on a student visa more than 30 days before their program start date. For a full overview of the visa application process, please see the Student Visa Application page

March 17, 2023

The HIO is pleased to announce an informational session entitled Green Cards and Work Visas: What Do I Need to Know?  Join a local immigration attorney Richard Costa speaking about such topics as H-1Bs, TNs, O-1s, green cards and much more during this session sponsored by the HIO. The session will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm via Zoom, including a live question and answer period. 

Register for the Zoom here

March 16, 2023

If you were present in the United States (U.S.) during any part of calendar year 2022 in any immigration status other than B or WT/WB (ESTA), there is at least one tax form (IRS Form 8843) you must file with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this spring. Below is what you should consider in preparation for the coming tax filing season. If you were not in the U.S. at all during 2022, you do not need to complete any tax forms at this year.

  • Review the HIO Tax FAQ and Tax Filing Overview for background on the U.S. tax system and tax filing deadline dates for 2022.  

  • If you received income from Harvard in 2022 (including wages for on-campus work or fellowship stipends), you will need a tax reporting document from the University. Review the various type of tax reporting documents, as well as information about where to locate the forms, here.  

  • The HIO licenses a software called Sprintax, which will assist all tax nonresidents with their federal and state tax filing. Current students, scholars, and student interns may log in to use Sprintax using their Harvard key. The cost for federal U.S. filings are covered by the Harvard license. State filings for all 50 U.S. states can be done using Sprintax for an additional fee, listed here.

  • If you are no longer an active student or scholar at Harvard and need to file taxes for 2022, please contact the HIO via email (internationaloffice@harvard.edu) to request a unique access code to use Sprintax. 

This season, Sprintax will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information around nonresident tax filing obligations. You can find the details and registration links on the HIO's Tax Filing Overview page.


Personal Stories

Be your authentic self. Do not feel pressured to ‘act American’ or adopt a mode of life that you are not used to, or comfortable with. People value authenticity and it is what sets you apart from scores of other students on campus.

Asmer Asrar Safi - Pakistan - Harvard College

Being an international scholar may also be an amenity in the sense that you are given a chance to live, learn, bloom, grow, share, and contribute all the unique lived experience that only you possess and collect over a passage of time. You live with you. You get an amazing opportunity to know you. I think being away from home is enriching.

Liaquat Channa - Pakistan - The Mittal Institute at Harvard

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year