August 29, 2016

NLRB Decision on Unionization for Teaching and Research Assistants

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. 


August 10, 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 talented and tireless Interactive Design Manager, Ben Canning-Pereira. He has done an amazing job making it all come together.

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

August 26, 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. 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.