Extending to Begin a New Program (F & J Students)
To receive a new COE you must be:
Before You Apply
Earliest Date to Apply for F-1 and J-1 Students: As soon as you are accepted to your new full-time program at Columbia.
Latest date to apply
F-1 : No later than 50 days after your current program completion (to allow time for 60-day deadline)
J-1 Students: Before your current DS-2019 expires.
How to Apply
Gather your documents and information
Login to Compass with your UNI and password to submit your application
Please click the appropriate link below:
We will contact you
Allow up to 10 business days for us to review and process your application. We will notify you by email when your new extended I-20 or DS-2019 is ready to be picked up or shipped.
Review, sign, and date your new I-20/DS-2019
F-1 Students: Your new I-20 start date will be the first date of the new program.
J-1 Students: Your new DS-2019 will begin the day after the current DS-2019 expires.
Use your new COE to travel, but keep all previous forms. The travel signature is valid for 12 months or until the end of your I-20/DS-2019, whichever is earlier.
Travel while you are in between programs
As long as you have completed the steps above, you can re-enter the U.S. at any time. This is because:
- you will keep the same SEVIS number and are considered a continuing student
- you are considered legally present in the U.S. in F/J status between the two programs
You may continue to use an unexpired F/J entry visa.
If your visa has expired, the new I-20/DS-2019 establishes the continued validity of your F/J status while you remain in the U.S., but the first time you travel outside the U.S. (except to Canada or Mexico), you will need to apply for a new F/J visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
You do not need to pay another SEVIS fee because it is the same SEVIS record.