This is to reassure you that the recent ruling of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) holding that graduate students having appointments as teaching or research assistants are considered “employees” of the University and are eligible to vote to form a union will not and cannot affect your student visa status.
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. DHS implemented a new format I-20 on June 29, 2015 which must be used as of July 1, 2016.
Check the bottom left-corner of your I-20. "ICE Form I-20 (3/31/2018)" should be printed there.
We’re happy you made it here! Be sure to check out our information for Your First Week and Resources under Getting Started to help you settle in.
If you're in F or J status with an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Columbia, please remember to report your arrival online. You do not need to come in person.