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I-20/DS-2019 Program End Dates
Grace Period to Remain in the U.S. After I-20/DS-2019 Program End Date
Inviting Friends & Family to Graduation
When you invite your family and friends to visit you for graduation or at any other time while you're at Columbia, they might need your help getting a visa.
For more details and information, including a list of documents you need, check our page below.
Moving Out of Columbia Housing
Moving out can be as stressful as moving in. Review the information below to be prepared for what you need to do and when. Most housing agreements end May 31.
Staying in the U.S. for Further Studies
Health Insurance After Graduation
Your Columbia student health insurance coverage ends December 31st if you complete your program in the fall semester, and August 14 if you graduate in May. It is important in the U.S. not to have a gap in coverage. Columbia Health provides a video on Insurance Options After Graduation. Also, here are some health insurance plans for international clients.
Staying in the U.S. to Work in F or J Status
As a graduating student in F or J status you may be eligible for 12 months or more of authorization to work in the U.S in your field of study after the completion of your program. Learn how to apply and how to comply with the terms of your status.
Obtaining and Filing Tax Forms After You Leave
You can continue to use Sprintax tax software as a Columbia graduate for a free nonresident federal tax return when you log in from our website with your UNI and password. You are a “nonresident alien” for your first 5 tax years in F/J status in the U.S. Check our tax pages in late February/early March. The deadline for a tax return is usually April 15th.