What's New

November 29, 2021

On November 26, President Biden issued a presidential proclamation restricting entry to the U.S. for non-U.S. citizens who were physically present in the following countries in the 14 days prior to their entry to the U.S.: the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, and the Republic of Zimbabwe.

At this time, no exceptions have been announced for F, J, or H visa holders. Please be mindful as you make plans to travel to or transit through those countries since it could be difficult to reenter the U.S. The HIO will continue to monitor the situation, and will post any updates as they are received.

November 18, 2021

We are thrilled that members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 are welcome back to campus for an unforgettable and joyous Commencement on May 29, 2022.

Any graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 who are not currently located in the U.S. on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), STEM OPT, J-1 Academic Training, or any other visa status, will need to travel to the U.S. on a B-1/B-2 visitor visa or visa waiver program (ESTA) for the purpose of attending the Commencement. Please see the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country for more information if you need to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa stamp.

If you are no longer an enrolled student at Harvard you are not eligible for University visa sponsorship for an F-1 or J-1 student visa. There are no specific visa documents, e.g. an F-1 Form I-20 or J-1 Form DS-2019, with which to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa. The B-1/B-2 visa is a personal application that does not require documentation from the Harvard International Office.

November 2, 2021

Tuesday, December 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Peabody Terrace Common Room.

Graduate Commons Program Travel Signature Sessions 
An HIO Advisor will be available at the above location to provide travel signatures. Please bring your F-1 Form ...

Personal Stories

Harvard is a magnet for attracting both international friends and friends from home whom otherwise you will never meet. My friends now span across all continents and they are as easy as calling them up as soon as you land in any part of the world.

Kinga Tshering - Bhutan - Harvard Divinity School

Step out your comfort zone and you will see a new world.

Qiurui Zeng - China - Harvard Medical School

Represented at Harvard this year

International population over time

International population this year