The International Students and Scholars Office

International House North
524 Riverside Drive, Suite 200
Mailing: 2960 Broadway, MC 5724
New York, NY 10027

Phone: 212-854-3587
Fax: 212-851-1235

Columbia University, continuing its tradition as a preeminent world center of learning, welcomes more than 12,000 students, interns, researchers, professors and accompanying family members from over 150 countries.

The ISSO serves the immigration- and documentation-related needs of students and scholars at the University. They issue Certificates of Eligibility for F and J visa status (I-20/DS-2019), provide travel signatures, employment information and applications, documentation needed for Social Security number applications, and other matters relating to their immigration status at Columbia.

The ISSO monitors regulations affecting relevant immigration classifications and broadcasts timely alerts and updates to students through the ISSOnews listserv and targeted messages.

Throughout the academic year they offer an annual series of informational workshops on employment in student status and on employment- based immigration status options after student status, presented by nationally recognized attorney. During the U.S. “tax season,“ February to April, they provide free access to tax preparation software to assist students in compliance with their US tax-filing obligation.

The ISSO provides an immigration information session to new students as part of their school or department’s new student orientation program.