Student Immigration Definitions

Obtaining F-1 Student Status at Columbia

Important Information for Students Fully Funded
by Columbia University

Transfer of F-1 Supervision

Change of Status to F-1

Message for Canadian Students

Potential Delays in Visa Issuance


Student Tax Information

Maintaining F-1 Status

Academic Certification for Travel

F-1 Travel Information

Govt Q & A for F-1 Travel

DHS Information on Arrival Problems

F-1 Extension of Stay (Current Program)

F-1 Extension of Stay to Begin New Program

F-1 Reinstatement

F-1 Work Opportunities

F-1 Practical Training (PT) Overview

F-1 Curricular Practical Training

F-1 Optional PT Before Degree Completion

F-1 Optional PT After Degree Completion

STEM 17-month OPT extension

F-1 Internship with an International Organization

F-1 Leave of Absence, Suspension or Withdrawal

Student Departure Information

F-1 Reduced Course Load Request

Inviting Relatives/Friends to Visit You

Address Change Form

Applying for a Social Security Number

Departure Upon Completion of Studies


You are required to notify the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) or the International Affairs Office (IAO), either in person or in writing, of the completion of your studies or practical training and of the date of your final departure from the United States. Please leave an address with the ISSO or IAO so that you can be contacted if necessary. Before returning home, you should check with your country's consulate to determine customs procedures for bringing personal belongings such as computers back with you.

When you are leaving, give your I-94 card to the appropriate official (airline employee or immigration officer) so that your departure is recorded. If you find that you have not done so, you should return the I-94 card by following the instructions on the Customs and Border Protection website.


If you intend to leave Columbia University but plan to remain in the United States to study at another school, please notify us of your intention. According to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, Columbia must "transfer" your record in SEVIS to your new school. This transfer must be completed within 60 days of the Columbia program completion date.


Last Reviewed: 21 February 2011 Last modified: 21 February 2011
International Students and Scholars Office
Columbia University