What's New

January 12, 2021

As of January 26, 2021, all air passengers entering the U.S. will be required to show proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs. All travelers will be required to provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19.

To read the full order, please go to the CDC website.

Until January 26, 2021, only travelers from the UK are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to board a flight to the U.S. You may read more on the CDC website for “Testing Requirements for Arriving UK Air Travelers”.  

In addition to these requirements, please keep in mind that all travelers arriving in Massachusetts must also complete the MA COVID Travel Form prior to arrival in the state. Students and scholars should also make sure they have the required documents to enter the U.S. with. 

January 11, 2021

This tax season, Sprintax  will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information around Non Resident tax filing obligations. You can find the details and registration links below. Each webinar will cover the same topics, listed below:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 12pm EST – Register here
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1pm EST – Register here
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 12pm EST – Register here
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 -11am EST – Register here
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 2pm EST – Register here
  • Monday, March 15, 2021 - 11am EST – Register here
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 1.30pm EST – Register here
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 2pm EST – Register here
  • Monday, April 12, 2021 - 12pm EST – Register here

The informational webinars will cover:

  • An overview of tax for Non Resident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2020 US tax return
  • What income forms students/scholars may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • Terms like FICA, ITIN and Form 1098-T
  • What happens if students don’t file, or misfile
  • State tax returns
  • IRS stimulus payments
  • Sprintax overview
January 8, 2021

If you were present in the United States (U.S.) during any part of 2020 calendar year 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. We recommend reviewing the information below in preparation for the coming tax filing season. If you were not in the U.S. at all during 2020, you do not need to complete any tax forms this year.

  • Review the HIO's introduction to tax filing in the U.S. and HIO Tax FAQ  to familiarize yourself with the process, including tax filing deadlines for 2020.
  • All current students, scholars, and student interns at Harvard will receive an email from the HIO in mid-late February providing additional information, instructions, and discounted access to use the Sprintax tax preparation software.
  • If you are no longer an active student, scholar, or student intern at Harvard and need to file taxes for 2020, please email the HIO (internationaloffice@harvard.edu) in late February to request a unique discount code to use Sprintax.

Personal Stories

I was attracted to Harvard for its excellent and broad scientific environment. Specifically, in my case Harvard offered a very unique opportunity allowing me (a theoretical physicist) to work very closely with experimentalists; this is a new and refreshing experience for me.

Martin Schuetz - Germany - GSAS

I feel like there is a lot to learn and imbibe from people due to the vast diversity in the background, culture and personalities and also because the international folklore is quite large.  Hence, every other person I meet on campus has an amazing story to tell and an interesting background to share.

Sukanya Punthambaker - India - Harvard Medical School

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International population over time

International population this year