Scholar Sponsorship Portal (SSP) Overview

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What is the SSP?

Request  initial visa sponsorship (J-1, H-1B, TN, O-1, E-3) for your incoming scholars.

Request an extension of visa sponsorship in these visa categories.

Request a new or extended Visiting Scholar (VS) designation letter and UNI for those coming to conduct independent research.

OVERVIEW

Watch our brief overview of the Scholar Sponsorship Portal (SSP).

Brief overview of the Scholar Sponsorship Portal (SSP) process.

PROCESS OVERVIEW

Here is what the process looks like!

Scholar Form Overview
Process Overview

Here's a general overview of the complete application process!

Step 1
Part 1 -Department (all applications)

What it includes: 

  • Department Information
  • Basic Scholar Information
  • Visa Selection
  • Columbia Funding Information
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Fee Payment
Step 2
Part 2 - Scholar (only applications for J-1 and Visiting Scholar Designations)

What it includes: 

  • More detailed scholar information
  • Scholar Mailing Address
  • Scholar Dependent Information
  • Scholar Funding Information
  • Health Insurance Acknowledgement
Step 3
Part 3 - Department (only applications for J-1 and Visiting Scholar Designations)

What it includes: 

  • Delivery Instructions
  • Ability to Edit Scholar's Responses (Part 2)
  • Submission to the ISSO

READY TO GO? LET'S GET STARTED!

Here's a step-by-step description.

  • Complete Part 1

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    Login to the SSP where you will be led through a series of questions. During this process, the form will guide you to select the appropriate visa type for your scholar's visit. You will also be led to different pages based on which visa option you choose (e.g. financials, English language proficiency, etc.). Once you submit Part 1, you will receive a confirmation page that will give you some general instructions.

    What happens after you submit Part 1:

    • If you have requested sponsorship for a J-1 or Visiting Scholar, your scholar will be emailed directly with a link to login.
    • If you are requesting H-1B, E-3, O, or TN sponsorship, we are notified and will contact you to confirm eligibility and provide guidance on how to proceed.
  • Scholar Completes Part 2 (if applicable)

    Scholar Using SSP

    If you are bringing any J-1 or Visiting Scholar, your scholar will be emailed directly with a link to login. The email will be automatically generated to come from you and will include a link and a unique username and password. The scholar must use these credentials to access the form.

    Similar to Part 1, the form will guide the scholar to answer more specific questions. Don't worry, you will be able to review anything that the scholar entered here when you login to continue editing the application in Part 3. Follow up with your scholar assure they submit in a timely manner. Once the scholar submits Part 2, an email will be sent to you confirming submission. 

    If you want to submit Part 2 on behalf of a scholar, refer to the FAQs on our SSP Department Guide.

  • Complete Part 3 (if applicable)

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    Once you receive the email from the scholar, you must log back into the form and continue editing Part 3. You will be asked basic delivery information and then you will be able to edit anything the scholar submitted in Part 2. After you submit Part 3, we will receive an email and your application will be complete! 

    Upon submitting Part 3, you will also get a confirmation page that will give you some general instructions.

    Finally, don't forget to upload all of your supporting documents using our upload form!

Let's get started!