Student Immigration Definitions

Obtaining J-1 Exchange Visitor
Student Category Status at Columbia

Transfer of J-1 Supervision

Change of Status to F-1

Potential Delays in Visa Issuance


Student Tax Information

Message for Canadian Students

Maintaining J-1 Status

DS-2019 Recertification

Health Insurance Overview for J-1 Students

J-1 Travel Information

DHS Information on Arrival Problems

J-1 Extension of Stay (Current Program)

J-1 Extension of Stay to Begin New Program


J-1 Work Opportunities

J-1 On-Campus Work Request

J-1 Academic Training

Employment Authorization for J-2

J-1 Leave of Absence, Suspension or Withdrawal

Student Departure Information

Home Country Residency Requirement

Reduced Course Load Request

Address Change Form

Recertification of Form DS-2019

To return in J-1 status from a trip abroad, you must have a valid DS-2019 that has been recertified (signed) by the ISSO within the last year.

In order to have your DS-2019 recertified, you must be able to prove that you are in valid J-1 status and that you have sufficient funds to continue your studies at Columbia for at least one year. Please bring the following documents when you are requesting recertification of your DS-2019:

  • Your valid passport (and those of any dependents)
  • Your I-94 card (and those of any dependents) showing J-1 status
  • Your current DS-2019 (and those of any dependents)
  • Bank statement or other financial documents showing sufficient funds to cover tuition, fees and living expenses for one year for you and your dependents. If you are on academic training and employed, a letter stating your salary should be sufficient as long as it covers monthly expenses for you (and any dependents).

If the appropriate documents are submitted, the staff of the ISSO can normally recertify your DS-2019 at the time of your request.

Last reviewed: 22 February 2011
Last modified: 22 February 2011
Columbia University International Students and Scholars Office