Recertification of Form I-20
To return in F-1 status from a trip abroad, you must have a valid I-20 that has been recertified (signed) by the ISSO within the last year, except for those on post completion optional practical training. Those on post completion practical training returning in F-1 status from a trip outside the U.S. must have a valid I-20 that has been recertified within the last 6 months.
In order to have your I-20 recertified, you must be able to prove that you are in valid F-1 status and that you have sufficient funds to continue your studies at Columbia for at least one year. You must bring the following documents when you are requesting recertification of your I-20:
The ISSO will not recertify your I-20 if you do not submit the required documents. If all required documents are submitted, ISSO staff can normally recertify your I-20 at the time of your request.Last reviewed: 21 February 2011 Last modified: 21 February 2011
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