During this global health crisis, Columbia University and the ISSO are committed to supporting our international students and scholars. Go to the ISSO COVID-19 Hub for ISSO operations, FAQs, updates and resources.


April 22, 2020

[ISSO Updates] Stimulus payments, Virtual groups, CSSC volunteers

Taxes: COVID-19 CARES Act Stimulus Payments. “Nonresident alien” tax filers are not eligible for the up to $1200 payment. Individuals who filed a resident tax return in 2018 or 2019 are eligible if they qualify as a resident alien in 2020. Some international students and scholars, however, may have erroneously filed a resident tax return, through TurboTax or similar software for residents.

April 21, 2020

EO Regarding Suspension of Immigration to the U.S.

Information regarding a pending Executive Order tweeted by President Trump last night is being monitored carefully by ISSO staff. According to the tweet, the new Executive Order will temporarily suspend immigration to the United States.  No confirmation of the tweet or further details have emerged from the US Department of State or the US Department of Homeland Security. Information will be shared with Columbia's international community as soon as it becomes available.