About Us

Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, hosts more than 14,000 international students, faculty, researchers and visiting scholars from over 150 countries plus family members who accompany them.

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Whom We Serve

We serve both the international population across Columbia’s sixteen undergraduate, graduate and professional schools at the Morningside Heights and the Medical Center (CUIMC) campuses and the university staff that admits, appoints, employs, and works with them.

To learn about our three office locations, visit our contact us page.

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What We Do

We are the international community’s resource for immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including— but not limited to—visas, employment, travel, and tax-filing obligations. We monitor the regulations of government agencies that have jurisdiction over the stay of international students and scholars, and are responsible for institutional compliance.

View our list of services.

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Who We Are

We know that relocating to study or work in another country can be as stressful as it is exciting. We are dedicated to making the process as smooth as possible so that our students and scholars can keep their focus on the academic and professional aspirations that bring them here.

Visit our staff page to see who are.

News

June 23, 2020

Tax Webinar Recording

Link to the recording of the Sprintax Webinar to learn about:

- US income tax basics for international students and scholars

- The COVID CARES stimulus payment eligibility and returning the $1200 payment if ineligible (nonresidents are not eligible). 

- Read more.

June 03, 2020

Tax-Filing Information

Federal and State Tax Deadlines Extended until July 15

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2019 you will be required to send at least one form to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), even if you had no income. Although US. income tax law is complex, we provide resources and tax workshops to demystify the process and help you comply with your federal (and possibly) state tax obligations. 

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