International Students

International Students and Scholars Office

ISSO Covid-19 Hub

Review this page for ISSO operations, FAQs, updates, and resources.

Immigration-related Alerts

Check here for immigration-related alerts and resources, including visa and travel-related executive orders and presidential proclamations.

Visas and Travel

Resources for students, researchers, and faculty

Need Further Assistance?

The Office of International Students and Scholars stands ready to support our international students, faculty, and scholars.

News and Events From Columbia Global Centers

News and Policy Updates

House Democrats and Republicans Weigh in on Homeland Security Visa Restrictions

Oct. 27, 2020—Congress members express concern about the Department's new proposed fixed term period of admission and extension of stay rules for international students and scholars.

Columbia Writes to Strongly Oppose Homeland Security's Proposed Rule

Oct. 26, 2020—Replacing the current Duration of Status policy for international students and scholars with a fixed two-to-four-year term and an uncertain extension of stay process hinders the University's ability to recruit and retain the most talented students. 

New York Universities Write to State Department and Homeland Security

Oct. 14, 2020—Presidents and chancellors of several major research institutions in New York State express alarm over difficulties students, faculty, and scholars are facing in trying to secure U.S.-entry visas.

U.S. Rep. Nadler Calls for Extending Comments on Student Visa Rule

Oct. 6, 2020—Letter requests that DHS and ICE extend the 30-day comment period for the Student Visa Rule v.6 and provide at least 60 days for public participation in the process.

Legislators Express Concern Over DHS Student Visa Proposal

Oct. 6, 2020—Letter states that the September 25, 2020, rule unfairly limits length of student visas and places arbitrary restrictions on students based on their country of origin.

U.S. Homeland Security Proposes Changing 'Duration of Status' to Fixed Periods

Sept. 30, 2020—DHS has published a proposed rule that would eliminate D/S for F students and their dependents, and J students and scholars and their dependents. 

President Bollinger Applauds Reversal of Policy Restricting International Student Visas

July 14, 2020—The move came after outcry from colleges, universities, students, and other educational organizations.

President Bollinger Supports Lawsuit Against International Student Visa Restrictions

July 14, 2020—New York Attorney General Letitia James filed the suit against the Trump Administration on Monday.

Columbia Stories

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This Business School, U.K.-Based Alumna Tells It Like It Is

Podcast host Cassandra Rae Pittman ’12 is having candid conversations with female entrepreneurs.

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GS Launches Series for Alumni and Students to Connect Virtually

This new series will facilitate conversations among students, alumni, and the wider Columbia community during the pandemic.

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Professor Mana Kia's new book is "Persianate Selves: Memories of Place and Origin Before Nationalism."
What It Means to Be Persian

In Persianate Selves, Professor Mana Kia explores the complex legacy of Persia and Iran.

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Reflecting on the History and Legacies of Reconstruction

President Bollinger moderates an online panel with Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Eric Foner, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that focuses on how the post-Civil War period connects to contemporary U.S. politics.

Travel Info

New York State Travel Advisory

All affiliates arriving from abroad or from states with high prevalence of COVID-19 will quarantine for 14 days as required by New York. See the current list of restricted states.

Travel Restrictions

All international Columbia-related travel is suspended for all affiliates until further notice.

Columbia Global Travel

Global Travel is dedicated to supporting the health, safety, and security of University travelers engaged in Columbia Travel abroad.