Information for Incoming Scholars
General information regarding Visas can be found on the Harvard International Office Website
I've received my DS-2019 form- what do I do now?
- Complete the Form I-901 and pay your SEVIS Fee
- Complete the DS-160 - See instructions here from the Harvard International Office
- Schedule your visa interview appointment at a US embassy or consulate
As a Harvard Affiliate, you will be eligible to live in Harvard Housing. To view available units, visit the Harvard Real Estate Services (HRES) website.
You can use your offer letter as proof of your Harvard affiliation if you find something you’d like to rent before your Harvard ID is ready. The leases run annually from July 1-June 30, so if your visit is less than a year or you are arriving in the middle of a lease period, your options will be very limited (if any). If you have any trouble using your offer letter as proof of your affiliation, please contact your Academic Appointments Manager.
Harvard Real Estate Services maintains a website where you can search for a Harvard roommate or a short-term sublet opportunity in Harvard housing.
You may be able to work out a reduced rate with a local bed and breakfast. Mary Prentiss Inn is very convenient to campus, and has provided this service for other visitors who are here for one or two months and have difficulty finding a sublet option for a short time period.
Here are some websites that may help you find short-term furnished accommodation if you plan to look for housing once you arrive and need a temporary place to stay:
Finally, many Harvard Affiliates will also search for private apartments through Craigslist. This is a riskier option, since you won’t know the landlord or the condition of the apartment.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs also provides some helpful information on housing here
For non-benefits eligible J-1 scholars:
Although having health insurance while you are here on a J-1 visa is required, you actually do not need to submit proof that you've purchased it. You can see insurance options here under "Insurance Plans Outside Harvard."
The Harvard International Office provides advice for international scholars regarding health insurance.
For benefits eligible scholars:
You will receive information on enrolling in health insurance and other benefits upon your arrival. Your benefits will be set up to be retroactive to your start date.
If you are a parent or a future parent, and need childcare, plan early. Childcare is expensive, and especially so in Boston. You can find information about childcare at Harvard here
There is also information here specific to Postdoctoral Fellows.
Non US Citizens: Please direct any questions regarding taxes to Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance
US Citizens: Please direct any questions regarding taxes to Tax Services
Resources for Postdoctoral Fellows:
The FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs serves as a resource to Postdocs in the FAS and SEAS in the areas of professional development, community and work life.