Columbia University charges a $500 administrative fee to those requesting J-1 visa sponsorship in order to either:
1. further personal, independent research and scholarship, or
2. satisfy a practicum/internship required for a degree at their home institution, most often for those who have not yet been awarded a diploma equivalent to the US Bachelor’s degree.
This fee is separate from any U.S. government SEVIS/visa application fee.
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