Visiting Scholar Extensions

Visiting Scholar Extension Request

Individuals may be granted Visiting Scholar status for up to one year. The designation may be renewed for one additional year with the submission of the Visiting Scholar Extension Request eForm via TC-Compass. 

How to Submit the Visiting Scholar Extension Request

Step 1: Visiting scholars  must verify that their faculty host will be in residence for the duration of the requested extended program and will be able to continue serving as their faculty host. 

Step 2: After verifying the above information, visiting scholar must gather all supporting documents needed to accompany their Visiting Scholar Extension Request

Step 3: Once the visiting scholar submits their eForm, their faculty host will be notified via email to submit their recommendation via TC-Compass, including their recommendation letter. 

Step 4: Visiting scholar completes the Visiting Scholar Administrative Fee payment. Payment method information will be emailed to the applicant and the TC staff after the application has been submitted via TC-Compass. 

Note: Foreign nationals needing J-1 visa sponsorship from TC to continue their Visiting Scholar Program can apply for their Form DS-2019 upon recevieving notice of their visiting scholar extension approval information from the OISS. The extension of the Form DS-2019 must happen before the expiration of the document

The Form DS-2019 will be mailed to the address provided on the eForm by airmail (free of charge) or express service available for a fee (consult the eForm instructions).

Processing Time

A request for extension must be submitted to the OISS at least 15 days before but no later than the completion date indicated on the initial invitation letter. Documents will be processed in the order in which they are received. Once the OISS receives the completed application, it will take approxiamtely 14 business days to review and process, provided that no additional information is required.

For further information regarding the TC Visiting Scholar program and/or the J-1 DS-2019 application process for visiting scholars, please send an email to the OISS at tcintl@tc.columbia.edu.

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