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OIE serves students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders with a hybrid approach that includes both virtual and in-person services.  While most services are provided virtually, some matters require in-person meetings. When meeting in-person is required, an OIE staff member will contact you directly to schedule a mutually agreeable day and time for the meeting. OIE is respecting social distancing and cleaning protocols as described in “Tech Moving Forward”. 

International Students and Scholars: Drop-in AdvisingMake an AppointmentAdvising Information
Education Abroad: Make an Appointment
Global Research & Internship Program: Make an Appointment
International Plan Undergraduate Designation Program: Make an Appointment
On-Campus Internationalization : Information Contact Page
For all other inquiries:  Refer to our staff list

ISSS Advising

The Office of International Education (OIE) is open during normal institute business hours, Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. EDT and is closed on Institute holidays and during inclement weather events. During the fall 2020 semester, the Office of International Education is offering services in a hybrid fashion withe in-person services offered by appointment only. 

Advising Hours

International Student and Scholar Advising is the opportunity to discuss questions about your visa status directly with an international services expert. If you need advising services outside of these hours, you are encouraged to contact Some example topics you can learn more about in advising include: 



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General Advising Information

Working with Advisors

Advisors in our office are highly knowledgeable in the interpretation and application of federal regulations governing student and scholar immigration statuses. We recommend visiting our website to review information regarding your situation and if you still have questions we encourage you speak to an advisor regarding your status or your eligibility for a particular immigration benefit. Advisors are also trained in a variety of social and cultural areas, including intercultural communication and cultural adjustment.

Advising Limits

Advisors can discuss a number of issues with students and scholars, including immigration regulations, Institute policies, and resources to assist with cultural adjustment and academic success. Be aware advisors will provide referrals for the following matters:

  • Legal issues, including criminal and civil court cases
  • H1-B employment information and visa types beyond F-1 and J-1
  • Change of Status
  • Preparation of USCIS Forms
  • U.S. tax law
  • Mental health and personal counseling needs

Advisors may provide some basic guidance or support and a referral to another office on campus or recommend you seek assistance from outside professionals when your needs extend beyond our professional limits, as outlined above.


Advising sessions are confidential. Records of meetings with advisors are only available to staff members in our office and other Institute personnel who have a professional need to know about your visit. Advisors may discuss complex cases with each other when there is a question of interpretation of immigration regulations.

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Email Inquiries

Are you a NEW student with question about your immigration document?
Undergraduate Contact:
Graduate Contact:

Are you a department that sponsors J-1 Scholars?

Are you a visiting J-1 Student Intern?

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Drop-in Advising

Drop-in welcome message.

Beat the Email Lines. Drop-in for support in real time. No Appointments Required. 
Speak 1:1 with an OIE adviser in a confidential virtual environment on Bluejeans.

Upcoming Drop-In Advising: 
Monday  9:00 - 11:30 AM EDT

Tuesday  1:30 - 4:00 PM EDT

Thursday  9:00-11:30 AM EDT

These sessions will be beta-test sessions for a new advising format. Your patience and support with this test environment is greatly appreciated. Wait times maybe longer than expected. The bluejeans room and sign-up system maybe be temporarily locked if volume exceeds our capacity Use this link to join the queue: 

Issues Accessing the Meeting? Try these steps:

Try to login into Bluejeans via this link first and then joining the meeting. 

Or Try downloading the bluejeans desktop app, Use the Sign In and enter your GT username it should open a new tab on a browser and force a GT login.

Or Try downloading the mobile app and attempt to join the meeting it should force a GT login pop up. 

Support Systems: Chrome, Safari, Firefox †Users who pair the Desktop App/Browser/Mobile App with the phone for audio may experience issues moving to a breakout room.

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Advising Options

Virtual advising appointments will be available beginning, Wednesday, March 18th.

Online Advising

As we implement this virtual advising tool, we ask for your patience and support with the following parameters:

• Students will be able to dial-in to a meeting or use a microphone on their computer to meet with an advisor virtually.

• Each advising slot will be up to 15 minutes in length. In the event the advisor cannot get to all your questions during the 15 minute slot, the advisor will collect your information and schedule a follow up appointment.

• Students and exchange visitors may use this link to choose an advising slot:

• Students and exchange visitors may book a virtual appointment up to one business day in advance.

Choosing Your Appointment

Once you choose an appointment slot, you will receive an e-mail that OIE received your appointment request. An advisor will confirm the virtual advising appointment within one business day. A second e-mail will both confirm the appointment and provide the link to the appointment.  

iStart E-form Requests

The Office of International Education utilizes an online portal called iStart to manage student and scholar requests.  An E-Form is an electronic application accessed through iStart to request a benefit, such as an I-20 or DS-2019 update, work authorization, travel authorization, etc. The E-forms in iStart will provide you with all the information necessary. You will log into iStart and use your regular GT user name. Once all steps are completed in the application or request process, including the academic department authorization (if required), OIE-ISSS will conduct its review and approve or deny your request.

If APPROVED, you will receive an e-mail to pick up the final document, such as a letter or an I-20/DS-2019.
If DENIED, you will receive an e-mail explaining the reason for the denial OR a request for additional information for further consideration.


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Additional Contact Information

The Office of International Education can be reached for general questions via email at or via the Advising Hours advertised above. 

In case of an emergency (death, severe illness, or arrest) while the office is closed, please contact GT Campus Police, 404-894-2500, a member of our 24 hour emergency response team will assist you. 

If you have questions regarding:

  • Undergraduate Admissions: (404) 894-4154
  • Graduate Admissions: (404) 894-1610
  • Registrar’s Office: (404) 894-4150
  • Bursar’s Office: (404) 894-4618
  • GT Language Institute: (404) 894-2425
  • Student Health Insurance: (404) 894-1420
  • Center for Career Discovery and Development: (404) 894-2550
  • Student Center Information Desk: (404) 894-2788
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This notice applies to all information and resource materials provided by the OIE for the domain and for all other information provided by OIE in any media format. It is provided for informational purposes only, and is not represented to be error free, complete, accurate or current. The information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for the legal advice or legal opinions of a licensed professional. Users should contact their own personal attorney or licensed professional to obtain appropriate legal advice or other professional counseling with respect to any particular issue or problem.