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May 30, 2024

The HIO congratulates the Harvard Class of 2024 on their Commencement! Best wishes in your future endeavors!

You can revisit this year's Commencement activities here.

May 8, 2024

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

If you need a travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019, please review the applicable instructions below.

  • F-1 students or J-1 students and scholars may request a travel signature to be sent via email by completing the Travel Signature Request Form.
  • You may also:
    • Visit the HIO for a travel signature during our walk in travel signature hours, which take place Monday - Friday from 12pm - 2pm on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center.
    • The HIO also hosts travel signature hours in the Longwood area for students, student interns, and scholars. An HIO Advisor will be available every other Wednesday 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.

May 1, 2024

The HIO congratulates the Harvard Class of 2024 on their Commencement! Best wishes in your future endeavors!

You can find more information about this year's Commencement activities here.

April 22, 2024

Join the Harvard community for the Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival - five days of arts and music-making from April 24-28, 2024! The annual festival is produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard to celebrate and showcase the arts and creativity on campus. During the festival, Harvard students, staff, faculty, alums and affiliates perform in and around Harvard Yard on 10 indoor and outdoor stages.

Enjoy the cultural richness of the performances as well as exhibitions and hands-on artmaking. Find out about 100+ events here. Most are free; some require tickets for purchase. Come for an hour, come for the day. All are welcome to celebrate the arts at Harvard!

March 8, 2024

The HIO is pleased to announce two upcoming webinars for Harvard students and scholars.

December 15, 2023
December 5, 2023

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

If you need a travel signature on your Form I-20 or DS-2019, please review the applicable instructions below.

  • F-1 students or J-1 students and scholars may request a travel signature to be sent via email by completing the Travel Signature Request Form.
  • You may also:
    • Visit the HIO for a travel signature during our walk in travel signature hours, which take place Monday - Friday from 12pm - 2pm on the 8th floor of the Smith Campus Center.
    • The HIO also hosts travel signature hours in the Longwood area for students, student interns, and scholars. An HIO Advisor will be available every other Wednesday 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.

August 10, 2023

Welcome to Harvard to any incoming international students, scholars, student interns, and their families!

As a reminder, once you arrive in the U.S. you must register your arrival with the HIO. The HIO is processing all registrations via email. Please do not come to the HIO offices for registration at this time. You may find instructions based on your visa category below:

After registration is complete, individuals on F-1 and J-1 visas and their dependents with visas sponsored by Harvard will need to obtain a travel signature on their F-1 Form I-20 or J-1 DS-2019 Form in order to travel internationally during their program. 

  • F-1 students may request a travel signature to be sent via email by completing the F-1 Travel Signature Request Form. If you have dependents, you do not need to submit a separate request for F-2 signatures; all forms I-20 will be issued and sent to you automatically.
  • 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 - 2pm on the 8th floor of the Smith Center to obtain a travel signature. DS-2019s cannot be sent electronically and must contain an original signature from the HIO.
May 25, 2023

The HIO congratulates the Harvard Class of 2023 on their Commencement! Best wishes in your future endeavors!

You can revisit the Commencement ceremonies here.

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 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.

 

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