International Students and Scholars Office
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The Office of International Students and Scholars stands ready to support our international students, faculty, and scholars.
News and Policy Updates
Jan. 14, 2021—Effective Jan. 26, 2021, Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board.
Dec. 2, 2020—In an open letter to the president-elect, Columbia’s president says that “costly and consequential” federal policies have damaged American universities’ ability to attract top academic talent from around the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All international Columbia-related travel is suspended for all affiliates until further notice.
Global Travel is dedicated to supporting the health, safety, and security of University travelers engaged in Columbia Travel abroad.