Getting Started

This section outlines the visa application process when a new international student or scholar comes to Harvard University or its affiliated hospitals from outside the U.S. using a visa sponsored by Harvard University. This section also provides an overview of what to expect when requesting a visa document from the HIO, applying for a visa in a U.S. embassy or consulate, and finally, entering the U.S. All students, scholars and their accompanying family members, except for Canadian citizens, are required to have both a visa document from the HIO and a visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to enter the U.S. Canadian citizens only need a visa document and do not need a visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Student Visa Process

Scholar Visa Process

Student Intern Visa Process

Dependents and Family Members