Reporting Your First Arrival (F and J)

Welcome--or Welcome Back--to Columbia University! We're happy you have arrived.

If you're an F or J student or scholar, you need to report your arrival to us by submitting the online SEVIS Report form. This is very important! This action will activate your Columbia SEVIS record when we update it.

You do not need to report your arrival in person.

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Beginning 9AM Friday, March 10 through 11 AM Monday, March 13, you will not to be able to submit or upload any ISSO applications (including this one) as we conduct our Compass database migration. Do not worry, you will be able to submit applications again starting 12:00 PM Monday, March 13. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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Who Needs to Submit the SEVIS Report Form?

You need to submit this form if you are:

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How to Report

Complete the following steps within a week of

  • entering the U.S. for the first time with this SEVIS number
  • arriving at Columbia if you're already in the U.S. transferring your SEVIS record from another school
Steps to report Your First Arrival (F and J)
Step 1

Gather these papers:


*Change of address: When you move from a temporary address to a permanent one--and any other time you move while you're at Columbia, submit the change of address form.

Step 2

Complete and submit the Online SEVIS Report Form

It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

F-1 StudentsSEVIS Report Form

J-1 Students and Scholars under Columbia's J-1 sponsorshipSEVIS Report Form.

  • If your DS-2019 was not issued by Columbia, please do not submit this form. If you received your DS-2019 from another J-1 Exchange Visitor program sponsor, such as IIE for Fulbright, follow their guidance for reporting your arrival to them.

If you're married: The F-2 or J-2 SEVIS records of your dependent(s) are automatically activated with yours. Your visa dependents do not need to complete a registration form but you should check to see that their I-94 arrival/departure record to the U.S. is accurate. They should be admitted with the notation of "J-2 until D/S". D/S refers to "duration of status".

Step 3

Receive confirmation of your submission on your browser screen

This means your report form has been received and you are done! You do not have to report in person.