July 28, 2016

Welcome to the new ISSO Website!

We are excited to launch this new site and hope that you will find it easy to use. It's been a long and thorough process involving the work of many people at the ISSO and CUIT, but allow me to give a special shout-out to our Interactive Design Manager, Ben Canning-Pereira. He has been an unwavering guiding light and has done an amazing job making it all come together.

Help us help you! We welcome your feedback. We are always eager to improve the user experience. The feedback button is on the bottom right  corner of the page.

July 28, 2016

New version of form I-20 must be used after July 1, 2016

If you’re in F-1 status at Columbia as a student or on OPT after July 1, 2016, make sure you have the correct version of the I-20 when you travel. The Department of Homeland Security implemented a new format I-20 on June 29, 2015. Until June 30, 2016 both versions were accepted, but as of July 1 only the newer version can be used.

July 28, 2016

STEM OPT Extension changed to 24 months on May 10, 2016

If you have been approved for a 17-month extension, read more about your two options during the transition. There is an August 8th deadline if you're eligible!  Read more about the STEM OPT Extension transition plan at in our Employment section,