What's New

November 7, 2022

In advance of winter break travel, the HIO is hosting two special travel signature events for F-1 and J-1 students and scholars:

  • Tuesday, November 15th, 6pm - 8pm at 5 Cowperthwaite Common Room
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 6pm - 8pm at Peabody Terrace Common Room

In addition to these special events, you may find a schedule of our regular on campus travel signature walk in hours here

Incoming students, scholars, student interns, and their families are also welcome to attend the HIO's orientation sessions. Details may be found here. The HIO offers various sessions that cover the following topics:

  • The Getting Started - Part 1 Orientation covers banking, social security numbers, driver's license and state IDs, health insurance, transportation, things to do in the local area, and more.
  •  The Getting Started - Part 2 Orientation is for students and scholars who attended Part 1 and have follow-up questions regarding the topics covered in that session and/or questions regarding U.S. cultural concepts, English pronunciations (ex. “how do you pronounce Worcester?”), or things to do in the local area.
  • The Spouse/Partner Orientation covers J-2 work permission, job and volunteer opportunities, settling-in, resources, shopping, things to do in the local area, and more.
October 28, 2022

If you are planning on traveling internationally over the upcoming school breaks, please check to ensure that you have all required immigration documents necessary to re-enter the U.S. with. 

If you need a travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019, please review the applicable instructions below. Please note, the HIO will be closed for Thanksgiving break Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25.

  • F-1 students may request a travel signature to be sent via email by completing the F-1 Travel Signature Request Form.
  • J-1 students, scholars, and student interns and their dependents will need to visit the HIO during our walk in travel signature and document pick up hour, which takes place Monday-Friday from 12pm - 1pm on the 8th floor of the Smith Center to obtain a travel signature.
  • Beginning November 2nd, the HIO will be hosting travel signature hours in the Longwood area for students, student interns, and scholars to obtain a travel signature or to pick up documents from the HIO. An HIO Advisor will be available every other Wednesday, beginning November 2nd, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Gordon 006 (at the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows - see map). The full schedule may be found here

For more information on contacting the HIO, please see Contact Us.

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.

Personal Stories

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Dan Davidi - Israel - Harvard Medical School

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.

Billy Koech - Kenya - Harvard College

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International population this year