About Us

Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, hosts nearly 13,000 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 (CUMC) 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.


December 05, 2017

Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel from 8 Countries

A Presidential Proclamation that affects travel into the U.S. by some citizens of eight countries was issued on September 24, 2017. Since then, there have been legal challenges and U.S. district court temporary injunctions that  blocked enforcement of the travel restrictions. UPDATE: On December 4th, the Supreme Court issued an order that allows the travel restrictions to be fully enforced while a decision is pending.

    December 01, 2017

    Beware of Phishing and Phone Scams!

    Fraudulent emails and phone calls are a huge problem, and we all need to be vigilant in recognizing them and avoid giving up personal information--and our money! Please refer to the following information to help identify scams and phishing and how to report them to the proper authorities.