Transferring Your SEVIS Record to Columbia (J-1 Student)
You are eligible to transfer your J-1 SEVIS record only if you meet the following requirements:
- You are currently in valid J-1 student status in a degree program at Columbia.
- You have been admitted to a full-time academic program at Columbia.
- The purpose of the transfer is to complete the original educational objective for which you first came to the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitor. If you are making a change to your field of study, you are not eligible for a J-1 transfer.
- The current J-1 sponsor must “transfer out” your J-1 SEVIS record to Columbia before the expiration of your current DS-2019.
How to Transfer
Meet your adviser
Meet your current J-1 program international student adviser.
You will need to establish whether you are eligible to have your J-1 SEVIS record transferred to Columbia. The release date for your J-1 SEVIS record must be before the expiration date of your current DS-2019.
Send us an email with the contact information (phone number and email) of your international student adviser. Attach a copy of your current DS-2019.
Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility, DS-2019
Follow and complete the application instructions for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
Travel Information for Transfer Students
Yes, you can. If you plan to travel after completing your studies at your previous institution but before starting your program at Columbia, you must re-enter the U.S. with:
- Your DS-2019 issued by Columbia University
- Valid visa
- Valid passport
If you have a valid, unexpired J-1 student visa in your passport, you do not need to apply for a new visa. You may use the visa you have, even though it indicates the name of a previous school.
If you have an expired visa and are traveling outside of the U.S., you will need to apply for a new visa (but you are not required to pay the SEVIS fee again).
For more information about traveling, visit Documents Needed to Travel page.