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Click for Tax Workshops

Sprintax is the tax preparation software provided by the ISSO for international students and scholars in F or J status, who are all required to mail at least one federal nonresident tax form (form 8843) to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). Sprintax staff will provide a general overview of the U.S. tax-filing process, show how to use Sprintax for your federal nonresident tax return, due April 15th, and answer questions at the end.

Click for J-1 Scholar Orientations

These sessions are for Columbia Morningside and CUIMC J-1 Scholars who have recently arrived and wish to have an overview of this visa status. Please have your DS-2019 and passport available.

Click for OPT Workshops

An ISSO staff member will discuss eligibility requirements and application procedures for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization after your graduation. OPT is a benefit and extension of F-1 student status that allows you to work in your field of study for up to 12 months and is authorized by USCIS, the immigration agency. Learn more about Post-Completion OPT at

No Post-Completion OPT Workshops are currently scheduled. Watch our Post-Completion OPT Webinar for Spring 2021 Graduates.

Click for Travel Signatures

A travel signature is relevant only to F-1 students or J-1 students and scholars (and their dependents) who are planning to travel abroad and return to the U.S. in F or J status. You must have a travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 that is less than 12 months old on the date you will re-enter the United States.

Because we are working remotely due to COVID-19, no travel signature sessions are currently scheduled.

Please go here to request a new I-20/DS-2019 with an updated travel signature to be mailed to you.

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Crafts & Cocoa

Jerome Greene Annex, 410 W. 117 St., New York, NY 10027
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Low Lounge

Low Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 Rotunda
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Night at Butler

Butler Library, 535 W. 114 St., New York, NY 10027 Butler 203, 208, 212
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Spot the Bot 2020

The Milstein Center at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Empirical Reasoning Center, First Floor
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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