Transferring Your SEVIS Record to Columbia (J-1 Student)

Are you currently in J-1 student status? Learn if you are eligible to have your active SEVIS record transferred from your current J-1 sponsor. This may be another school or another J-1 sponsor such as IIE.

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You are eligible to transfer your J-1 SEVIS record only if you meet the following requirements:

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How to Transfer

Steps to transfer Your SEVIS Record to Columbia (J-1 Student)
Step 1

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.

Step 2.

Contact Us

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.

Step 3.

Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility, DS-2019

Follow and complete the application instructions for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).

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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.

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