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You are eligible to transfer your J-1 SEVIS record only if you meet the following requirements:
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.
Contact the ISSO
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.
Not sure of your campus? Check our campus school list.
VISA AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
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).
If you are a J scholar, please see Transfer to Columbia (J-1 Scholars).
If you are currently a J-1 student at Columbia and planning to go study at another U.S. institution, please see Transferring Out of Columbia (J-1).
For your most recent I-94, access I-94 Arrival Record.
For more information about traveling, visit Documents Needed to Travel (Students) page.
For more information about your status, see Guidelines to Maintaining Status (Students).