Town Hall Meetings Regarding the Presidential Election and Immigration Concerns

David B. Austell, Associate Provost and Director, International Students and Scholars Office
November 18, 2016

The staff of the ISSO recognizes the concern and anxiety that many persons in our international community are experiencing in the aftermath of the recent Presidential Election. At this juncture, it is important to note that there are no changes in current immigration laws governing international students and scholars. Neither have any changes occurred to date in visa application processes via the U.S. Department of State, or in re-entry protocols via U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Although we recognize that there can always be individual issues on re-entry to the United States, we anticipate no new difficulties for our international students and scholars after Winter Break 2016 (for more information on travel abroad, visit our Documents Needed to Travel page). The ISSO is working very closely with the Office of the Provost, the Office of University Life, and all university Schools to ensure that international students' questions and concerns are addressed. In coming days, there will continue to be many meetings scheduled around the university focusing on these very issues. In the weeks ahead, ISSO will also be providing you with updates as new information surfaces related to immigration issues. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to the ISSO if there are immediate needs.

Upcoming Town Meetings (open to all Columbia University international students): 

  • Tuesday, November 22nd at 12:00 noon in SEAS-Davis Auditorium. Learn more.
  • Tuesday, November 22nd at 3:00pm in Lerner Hall Satow Room on the 5th Floor. Learn more.