Updates and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to immigration-related questions. We review this information weekly and update as needed.

ISSO Announcements

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DHS Proposes Changing Duration of Status (D/S) To Fixed Periods

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that would eliminate “duration of status” (D/S) for F students, J students & scholars, and their dependents. Read more.

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ICE Imposters Target International Students

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is alerting the public to an active scam campaign targeting international students. Individuals are impersonating ICE Agents and specifically targeting international students who have valid status. Read more

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Columbia Expresses Strong Opposition to Homeland Security's Proposed Rule

Columbia University submitted a comment letter in strong opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s (Department) proposed rule, “Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media". Read the letter here.

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ISSO Social Media

We are enhancing our social media for the Columbia international community. If you haven’t already, please follow us for immigration policy and campus life updates:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
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ISSO Operation

The 3 physical locations of the ISSO are closed in accordance with the university’s COVID-19 policy. We remain operational and will continue to respond to emails, process online applications, mail documents and update website information.

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Contact Us
  1. New Students: newintlstudent@columbia.edu
  2. Morningside Students: isso@columbia.edu
  3. Morningside and Manhattanville Faculty and Scholar: Contact your advisor
  4. CUIMC:
    1. CUIMC F-1 and J-1 Students: cumc-intl-students@columbia.edu
    2. CUIMC J Scholars (Professors/Researchers): cumc-intl-scholars@columbia.edu
    3. CUIMC H-1B Employees: cumc-intl-employees@columbia.edu