Appointed Innovation Fellow: t-92

On June 1st, 2022 I was appointed Innovation Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and a few days later also as an Expert-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Labs (Hi).

My wife, my daughter and I had 92 days to get ready and go. Here’s a quick and simplified list, in no particular order, of what we had to do, obviously in parallel:

Logistics:

  • Plane tickets
  • Pack the house
  • Cancel utilities
  • Find a new home for our kittens (thank you, sis!)
  • Get an apartment in Cambridge (deal with realtors, landlord, inspections, fees, deposits, etc)
  • Open a bank account in Cambridge

Get a Visa:

  • Fill out Harvard online form for HIO
  • DS2019
  • DS-160 barcode
  • I-901 and Pay SEVIS fee
  • US Embassy appointment + pay fee
  • Report Embassy appointment to HIO
  • Translations
  • Solvency certificate
  • Embassy Interview
  • Receive Visa

Shopping (small sample):

  • Mattresses
  • Beds
  • Desks
  • Couch
  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Groceries
  • Plates, silverware
  • Night/coffee tables, etc

Buy a car:

  • Choose one
  • “Assignment of Title” on the back of the vehicle’s “Certificate of Title”
  • Insurance
  • Transfer title and Registration at DMV (title and registration Application for Registration and Title Form TTLREG100, with stamp to certify insurance)
  • Title and registration fees
  • License plates or stickers
  • Safety and emissions inspection at a Massachusetts Inspection Station within 7 days of completing registration
  • Correct RMV registered address
  • Parking permit

Register my daughter in her new school:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Record
  • Health History Form
  • Proof of Cambridge Address (signed lease)
  • Proof of Occupancy (dated within 30 days)
  • Previous school transcript
  • Language placement test
And so much more I don’t even want to remember it!
But here we are, settled, and living an experience of a lifetime, again.