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

Departure Upon Completion of Studies

Those in J-1 status have a 30 day grace period after the completion of studies or academic training (usually the program end date of the DS-2019) in which to depart the U.S. or change to another immigration status. 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 academic 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 before the expiration date of your DS-2019.


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