Application for a Certificate of Eligibility ( I-20 or DS-2019)

Keep in mind:

  • If you would like to keep a copy of your form data, remember to print your form BEFORE you submit it.
  • There is a $100 processing fee for the COE. Learn more

    Who is charged:
    • newly-admitted students
    Who is not charged:
    • Current students changing to another Columbia program
    • Columbia graduates on OPT returning to Columbia for a new program
    Refund Policy

    This fee will not be refunded to newly-admitted students who do not enroll at Columbia University or who enroll under the visa supervision of an external organization.

**Teachers College students may not use this form. Please refer to information at the TC Office of International Services

Personal Information

Note: We will send important information to the email address provided here, so let us know if it changes! After you arrive and enroll, your Columbia email address will be your official address for all university offices.

Address Information

Permanent Foreign Residence Address in your Home Country

This address cannot be in the United States. Government regulations require the physical residence address; postal box addresses in the country of citizenship or legal permanent residence are not permitted.

U.S. Address

Only provide if you are in the U.S.

Immigration Status Information
If yes, answer the following questions:

If you are now in another nonimmigrant status (for example, F-2, G-4, H-1B, H-4, L-1), refer to the information on Change of Status to F-1 for additional details and answer the following question:

Admission Information
Teachers College students should refer to information at the TC Office of International Services
Dependent Information - Only legally married spouse and children under 21 years of age are eligible for dependent status.
Dependent 1
Required if requesting DS-2019
Dependent 2
Required if requesting DS-2019
Dependent 3
Required if requesting DS-2019
Statement of Understanding of Financial Responsibility

I certify that the financial resources I will provide in support of my application for a visa Certificate of Eligibility are available to me for the duration of the studies identified in this application.

  • I have read the information preceding this form and understand my responsibility to provide supporting documents.
  • I understand that falsification of any financial documentation is grounds for cancellation of my admission and subsequent enrollment.
  • I understand that my supporting financial documents and any other documents required for the COE must be submitted to the ISSO by email only to
Delivery Method

Delivery of your I-20 or DS-2019 is through University Express Mail Services (UEMS). To create your account and pay for your shipment, review these instructions.

Payment Information for FedEx or DHL Delivery of I-20. Note that this is NOT the SEVIS fee payment.
Additional Information:

The submit button will take you to a page to pay the $100 processing fee by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card.

Be sure you enter the card-holder’s billing address correctly.

Before you submit, view our privacy and refund policies.