Leaving Columbia (Scholars)
All researchers and professors leaving Columbia earlier than the time originally authorized must inform their departments and us. We must update your immigration record and documents . This is required both for university compliance with immigration record-keeping and to keep you informed of consequences to your immigration status.
Leaving in a timely manner
If you are leaving the U.S., there are deadlines and other considerations.
You have a 30-day grace period following the completion of your program to remain in the U.S. to prepare for departure.
Your program end date on your DS-2019 reflects the completion of your program. If you are leaving earlier than the current end date on it, we must change the date in your SEVIS record and issue an updated DS-2019.
Be aware of the 12 and 24-month bars that prevent repeat participation as a J-1 scholar. This does not apply to short-term scholars.
Does section 4 of your DS-2019 indicate that you are a student intern? If yes, there is a very important requirement you must complete before you leave. Please complete the Student Intern Evaluation Form with your faculty sponsor. Use our Upload Form to send it to us.
Your legal status is connected to your continued employment and not only the expiration date of your I-94 arrival/departure record that has a specific date on which your authorized stay expires. These employee statuses do not have an additional grace period.
Change of address for tax-related documents
Make sure you can get your W-2 or 1042-S form during tax season after you leave. You can get the W-2 electronically but for the 1042-S, which reports stipends and tax-exempt income, you must inform the Human Resources Service Center 212-851-2888 of a valid address for it to be sent.