The ISSO charges a fee to students who apply for work authorization after they complete their program as their F or J immigration status will remain active and under the ISSO’s oversight during their authorized period(s) of employment (please be sure to read all information thoroughly to avoid paying the incorrect fee). The fee is:
 
  • $270 - F-1 Post-Completion OPT. For all F-1 students completing their program.
     
  • $540 - F-1 STEM OPT Extension. Only for students already on approved Post-Completion OPT with an F-1 Post-Completion OPT EAD card. 
    • If you are not currently on Post-Completion OPT, do not pay this fee – proceed with the F-1 Post-OPT fee first. If you are applying for the STEM OPT Extension, pay this fee 3 months before the expiration of your Post-Completion OPT EAD card’s authorization.
       
  • $405 - J-1 Academic Training
    • Alumni in J-1 status who are eligible for AT authorization beyond the initial 18 months will need to pay an additional $405 fee for the second 18-month period of AT.


After payment, you will receive an email from Cybersource with your Administration Fee receipt. You will need to upload this receipt when you submit your application in Compass. 

Questions? Email:
isso@columbia.edu (Morningside campus)
cumc-intl-students@columbia.edu (Medical Center campus)
                       

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