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.

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.

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.

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

February 24, 2017

Executive Order Affects Visa Processes and Entry to the U.S.

The provisions of the Executive Order (EO) are currently not in effect based on a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that was executed on February 3rd, and upheld on February 9th by a federal appeals court.

The White House has indicated that they plan to issue a new, revised Executive Order instead of continuing the legal challenge of the one currently under a TRO.

February 23, 2017

ISSO Transition to Compass, Our New Case Management System

The ISSO is pleased to announce our upcoming implementation of Compass, our new international case management software. To accommodate  this transition, our three locations will be closed March 13th - March 15th for the migration and staff training. We regret any inconvenience.

February 20, 2017

Tax Season is Here!

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2016 you're required to send at least one form to the U.S. tax agency IRS (Internal Revenue Service), even if you had no income. We provide resources for you to comply with your federal and state tax obligations.