OIE Financial Document Requirements
All financial documents MUST
- show liquid assets that can be readily converted into cash if needed
- show the date of issuance and be less than 6 months old at the time the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued
- be written in English, or accompanied by official translation
- clearly state the currency of funds
1) Financial Certification Form
In order to receive an I-20/DS-2019, all international students must download a financial certification form and submit the completed form with neccessary financial documentation of funding to the e-form in iStart. The forms that are incomplete or have insufficient funds will be denied.
2) Acceptable Types of Financial Documents
|Awards/ grants/scholarship/ employer sponsor Letters|
|Provident Fund Statement|
|Employment letters or Salary statement|
Thse types of funds are not considered as liquid assets.
|Credit card statements|
|Real estate statements|
|Life insurance statements|
|Stock market statements|
|Tax return documents|
3) Sponsor Funds (i.e. Family/relative/friend/colleague/family friend)
If the student is not using a personal bank account in their name, sponsor verification is required. Please have your sponsor verify their sponsorship by signing under "Sponsor Verification" in the financial certification form.
If you have dependents who need a visa, you will be required to provide additional proof of funding for each dependent: $600 per month for a spouse and $400 per month for each child.
HOW TO SUBMIT FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
1) New Students or Transfer Students
Incoming students who need an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Georgia Tech MUST WAIT to receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to an e-form to upload a Financial Certification Form and Financial Documents in iStart.
***Office of Undergraduate Admissions will initiate this process for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
***Graduate Coordinators in academic departments will initiate this process for GRADUATE STUDENTS
2) New Scholars or Student Interns
New scholars or student interns will submit financial information to their host department, who will submit it to iStart. All communication regarding financial documents for new scholars or student interns will be done by the department. OIE can accept "Salary Statement" as proof of personal funding only for new scholars.
3) Continuing Students
Instructions for submitting Financial Documents will be on the e-form that you submit through iStart. Be sure to read the information on the e-form to understand how to submit your financial documents.
If you are having trouble uploading your financial documents, please see OIE's Steps on Resolving E-Form PDF Upload Issues.
Requesting a Dependent
New Students/Scholars/Student Interns: You will be able to request a dependent on your initial application to the school.
Continuing Students/Scholars/Student Interns: If you would like your spouse and/or children (under age 21) to join you in the U.S., you should submit the corresponding Student or Scholar Request for Dependent e-form in iStart.
Both new and continuing students and scholars will be required to verify that you have sufficient funds to cover your family's expenses for a minimum of one year. The estimated cost of living for a spouse is $600 per month and $400 per child per month. ISSS will provide you with the F-2 immigration form I-20 or J-2 immigration form DS-2019 when evidence of financial support is presented.
While ISSS issues the I-20s/DS-2019s to facilitate the F-2/J-2 visa application at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, the decision to issue or deny visas is made solely by the consular officer.
Visiting Family Members or Friends
Georgia Tech is not inviting the individual to the U.S., you are! Therefore, the Office of International Education, Office of the Registrar, and Communications and Marketing are not able to provide invitation letters requesting visitor (B-1/B-2) visas for friends or family coming to visit you. Instead, you will provide an invitation letter and supporting documentation for your family member or friend to visit.
For information about what you as the international student or scholar should provide for your family member or friend to be issued a visiting visa, please see our Friends and Family:Tourist Visa handout.
What is an I-94 and why is it important?
Beginning in April 2013, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped issuing paper card I-94 records and begin issuing electronic I-94 records. Visitors entering the U.S. by air should now be issued electronic I-94 records and CBP officials will stamp the passport of the traveler indicating the date of admissions, visa type, and authorized period of stay.
You can access your electronic I-94 record at cbp.gov/I94 by entering your biographical information, passport number, date of entry, and class of admission (visa type).
Your electronic I-94 record is important because it lists your authorized period of stay and shows legal entry to the United States. You will use your I-94 record when checking in with OIE or when applying for a driver's license, social security number, OPT, etc. Therefore, it is important that you're able to properly access your electronic I-94 record.
I can't access my electronic I-94 record
If you're not able to access your I-94 record, please use our Electronic I-94 Retrieval handout for helpful hints and tips.
I still can't access my electronic I-94 record
If you're still unable to find your electronic I-94 record or there is an error, you will need to contact CBP's Deferred Inspections Office where a Customs Official may be able to help you over the phone or you may be asked to physically visit their office.
Deferred Inspection Office:
157 Tradeport Drive, Suite C
Atlanta, GA 30354
Phone numbers: 404-675-1300 or 404-675-1239
Corrections are available Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 8am - 4pm
Office is closed Monday and Friday
Below lists some of the consulates located here in Atlanta. This list is accurate as of 3/29/2019. Please click here for more information.
Consulate General of the Argentine Republic
245 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 880-0805
Consulate General of the Federative Republic of Brazil
One Alliance Center
3500 Lenox Road, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 949-2400
Consulate General of the French Republic
The Buckhead Tower at Lenox Square
3399 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 495-1600
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Marquis Two Tower, Suite 901
285 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-1221
Phone: (404) 659-4760
Consulate General of the Republic of Guatemala
2750 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: (804) 805-1011
Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti
2911 Piedmont Street, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30305
Consulate General of the Republic of Honduras
6755 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 120
Atlanta, GA 30360
Phone: (770) 645-8881
Consulate General of the Republic of Korea
International Tower, 2100
229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 522-1611
Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
1175 Peachtree Street NE
100 Colony Square, Suite 1208
Atlanta, GA 30361
Consulate General of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Georgia Pacific Center, Suite 3400
133 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 954-7700