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Recent immigration changes affect Harvard community

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Since Sept. 11, 2001, a number of changes in U.S. immigration policy have affected the Harvard community.

Of particular note is the requirement to report changes of address with the U.S. government within 10 days of such changes. This law applies to all non-U.S. citizens who intend to remain in the United States for more than 30 days, including U.S. lawful permanent residents (green card holders). This requirement has been in effect for many years but had not been enforced by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) until recently. Address changes must be reported directly to the INS on Form AR-11, which may be accessed through the Harvard International Office (HIO) Web site.

In recent months, certain individuals who are already present in the United States have been required to take part in a Special Registration process with the INS.

Male citizens and nationals from 25 countries already present in the United States must report to the John F. Kennedy Federal Building Room E-140 in Boston for Special Registration by designated dates. This process applies to the citizens and nationals from the following countries, although the list may be expanded:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Special Registration is not required of:
Nonimmigrants who hold A or G visa status;
Individuals who are lawful U.S. permanent residents (green card holders); or
Certain individuals who have pending or approved asylum applications with the INS.

For more details regarding Special Registration, please visit the main HIO Web site. This Web site is updated regularly with changes in government regulations.