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US Citizenship and Immigration Services released the following statement on August 4, 2021 by Ur Mendoza Jaddou, the newly-appointed Director of USCIS.

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UPDATE: This article, originally posted on July 14th, has been updated to include information for both Morningside and CUIMC students. 
With the planned return to in person learning and associated campus activities Columbia has been working to develop a process to support our students as they return to campus. We have already heard from some of you and appreciate your diligent efforts to ensure a safer in-person fall term.

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On July 6, 2021, the Department of State (DOS) announced that approved National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) are valid for 12 months and multiple entries. This policy applies retroactively to travelers granted an NIE within the prior 12 months. Previously, NIEs were valid for a single entry within 30 days of approval.

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May 21, 2021

The increased bias crimes perpetrated against the Asian/AAPI community are deeply distressing. ISSO joins the University in its commitment to anti-racism and stands in solidarity with our community. We will update this page as more resources and announcements are made.

May 10, 2021

IRS Requires Form 8843 Even if You Had No Income

IRS Requires Form 8843 from all Fs and Js (including their F-2 and J-2 dependent spouses and children) who are nonresident aliens for federal tax purposes and were physically in the U.S. at any time in 2020, even if you had no U.S. income in 2020.

May 05, 2021

The Association of American Universities (AAU) reports that, according to the South China Morning Post, the U.S. embassy and consulates in China have resumed visa appointments for students. Students and scholars are advised to check the Visa Appointment Wait Time website for information for their consulate.

May 03, 2021

On April 30, 2021, the State Department announced the Presidential Proclamation to bar entry of travelers from India due to the danger of COVID-19 transmission, effective May 4, 2021.

In March 2020, ICE/SEVP issued government guidance for the COVID-19 emergency for international students who were currently enrolled in the US and those who were admitted for programs of study.

April 27, 2021

On April 26, 2021, the US Department of State (DOS) updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) page to expand certain NIE eligibilities to all countries subject to a geographic COVID-19 entry ban.

April 07, 2021

President Bollinger joined sixteen other Presidents and Chancellors of New York State colleges and universities in a letter sent to the U.S. Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

April 01, 2021

Acknowledging that events beyond our control may get in the way of realizing this goal, President Bollinger hopes that in-person classes, students living on campus, and academic and research activities can fully resume this fall, while recognizing the “need to have an adequate and sympathetic accommodation process in place… especially [for] our international students who may not be able to return to campus."

February 18, 2021

NAFSA published a copy of the February 18, 2021 email message from the Public Engagement Division of USCIS, in which they acknowledge the impact that the delay in receipting and processing OPT applications has had on F-1 student applicants, and provide clarifications and an update on what they are doing to address the problem.

February 09, 2021

Fraudulent emails and phone calls are a huge problem, and we all need to be vigilant in recognizing them and avoid giving up personal information--and our money! Please refer to the following information to help identify scams and phishing and how to report them to the proper authorities.