Reporting Your Arrival (F and J Students)

Welcome to Columbia University! We're happy you arrived.

If you're an F or J student, you need to report your arrival to us by submitting the online SEVIS Report form within a week of your arrival. It is very important! This action will activate your SEVIS record. 

You do not need to report your arrival in person.

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Are you a J-1 Scholar (Professor or Researcher)?

Learn how to report your arrival here. Students should continue to follow the instructions below.

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Before You Apply

You need to submit this form if you are:

Complete the following steps within your first week after arriving at Columbia for the first time with this Columbia I-20/DS-2019.

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How to Report

Steps to report Your First Arrival (F and J)
Step 1.

Gather your documents and information


Log in to Compass with your UNI and password to report your arrival

Please click the link below that matches your Columbia campus.

ISSO Morningside Campus

Not sure of your campus? Check our campus school list.

ISSO - CU Medical Center Campus (CUIMC) 

Not sure of your campus? Check our campus school list.

Need help using Compass? Learn more on our Compass User Guide.

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