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OIE provides important e-form services to more than 10,000 F and J visa holders sponsored by the institution utilizing Sunapsis software. Visa holders and academic departments submit e-form service requests through the Sunapsis iStart portal. OIE prioritizes e-form service requests based on timing of submission and order of processing priority for the office.  

Processing times are updated as needed based on the volume of requests. Please find current estimated processing times measured in business days for OIE e-forms below. Please note the 1st business day is the first full day immediately following the submission of the e-form. Business days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and do not include Georgia Tech holidays. 

From February 3-March 1 OIE will be experiencing a higher than normal volume of processing due to COVID related deferrals and OPT filing season. The team will also be involved in upgrading to the new Sunapsis 4.0 system. We appreciate your patience with adjusted processing times as we work diligently to balance student and recent graduate needs with the high quality of care required to ensure accuracy in SEVIS reporting. 

E-Form Name

Estimated processing time in business days

F-1 Graduate I-20/DS-2019 Request

15

F-1 F Graduate I-20 Deferral Request

15

F-1 Undergraduate Initial I-20/DS-2019 Request

15

F-1 Change of Status to F-1

15

F-1 Student Check-In

1

F-1 I-20 Request for Returning Students

15

F-1 Academic Reduced Course Load

10

F-1 Medical Reduced Course Load

3

F-1 Graduate Change of Major

13

F-1 Graduate Program Extension

13

F-1 Change of Level

13

F-1 COL Check-in

3

F-1 Undergrad Change of Major

13

F-1 Undergraduate Program Extension

13

F-1 Grad CPT request

4

F-1 Undergrad CPT

4

F-1 Travel Signature Request

3

F-1 Student Administrative Processing Visa Delay

10

F-1 I-515A

2

F-1 I-515A Resolution

2

F-1 Request New Dependent SEVIS Document

10

F-1 ITIN Letter Request for Primary Visa Holders

10

F-1 On-Campus Employment

5

F-1 Transfer Out Request

3

F-1 F Student Immigration Document Update

15

F-1 Intent to Depart the U.S./End I-20 Status

10

F-1 Change of Status from F-1/F-2

15

F-1 OIE Hold Removal

2

F-1 Post Completion OPT I-20

8

F-1 OPT Cap-Gap I-20

10

F-1 OPT Travel Signature

4

F-1 Pre-Completion OPT

8

F-1 OPT Employment/Contact Update

13

F-1 OPT I-797 confirmation

15

F-1 Post-OPT EAD

15

F-1 End Post-Completion OPT

13

F-1 STEM Extension request

8

F-1 STEM RFE

5

F-1 STEM 6 Month Verification #1

13

F-1 STEM 6 month #2 and 12 month evaluation

13

F-1 STEM 6 Month Verification #3

13

F-1 STEM Final Evaluation

13

F-1 STEM Minor Information Update

13

F-1 Material Change to STEM Employment

13

F-1 STEM Cap-Gap I-20 request

13

F-1 Department iStart Accesss

2

J-1 Scholar Dependent DS-2019

10

J-1 Scholar Dependent EAD

10

J-1 Scholar J Scholar Travel

3

J-1 Scholar Advisory Opinion

15

J-1 Scholar Departmental Compliance Certification

10

J-1 Scholar Extension Request

15

J-1 Scholar Incidental Employment

10

J-1 Scholar Update to DS-2019

10

J-1 Scholar  English Language Proficiency

10

J-1 Scholar Transfer Check In

3

J-1 Scholar Visa Type Questionnaire

10

J-1 Scholar J EV Pre-Arrival Notification

5

J-1 Scholar Scholar Address Update

10

J-1 Scholar Scholar Administrative Processing Delay

10

J-1 Scholar Check In

3

J-1 Scholar Dependent (J-2) Arrival/Check-in

3

J-1 Scholar  Immigration Document Update (e-form)

15

 

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