Campus Compass Immigration/Government

OIE Financial Document Requirements

1) Must be less than 6 months old at the time the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued 
2) Written in English, or accompanied by official translation
3) Required elements of bank letters or bank statements
4) Type of acceptable bank accounts: All funds must be liquid
5) Sponsor Letter: when funds from someone other than the individual are included
6) When submitting multiple accounts, a cover letter should be included

1) Must be less than 6 months old at the time the I-20 or DS-2019 is issued 

Statements and Letters issued more than 6 months from the date of issuance will be denied

2) Written in English

All financial documents must be written in English. If they are not, they must be accompanied by an official notarized translation.

3) Proof of Funds

Bank Letter & Statement

4) Type of acceptable bank accounts -- All funds must be liquid

**When submitting multiple accounts, a summary coversheet is needed to give an overview of financial documents submitted. See #6 for an example

5) Sponsor Letter (if needed)

If the student is not using a personal bank account in their name, a Sponsor Letter needs to accompany the third party bank account information. A Sponsor Letter template can be found here.

Sponsor Letters must include:

  • Name of bank account holder
  • Date of the letter was written
  • Relationship to the student
  • Statement of financial commitment from the account holder.
  • Handwritten, original signature - no typed/electronic signatures will be accepted
6) Multiple accounts

When submitting multiple accounts, a summary coversheet is needed. This will allow ISSS and the visa officer to go through each document using the cover letter as a checklist to verify each account 

We do not need to see transaction histories, please only submit summary documents, submitting many pages will delay the process.

  • Cover letters must include:
    • Name of bank account holde​r
    • Date of issuance
    • Type of accounts (see #2 for acceptable account types)
    • Total available balances held by each account holder

Example cover letter
"The following documents provide the financial summary for $_________(total amount) 

page 1: Sponsor Letter from (sponsor name)
page 2: "XYZ Bank" (name of bank): Name on account, Account type, Total available, Date issued, etc. "


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 with a link to an e-form to upload 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

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.
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 $500 per month and $300 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 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. Please click here for a more complete list.


Argentine Consulate General
245 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, Suite 2101
Atlanta, GA 30303



Honorary Consulate of Austria
3333 Riverwood Parkway SE, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30339



Bahamas Consulate General
Park Central Building
2970 Clairmont Rd., Suite 690
Atlanta, GA 30329



Consulate of Barbados
4160 Glen Devon Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30327



Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium
230 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 2710
Atlanta, GA 30303



Honorary Belizean Consulate
3050 Peachtree Rd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30305



Botswana Consulate General
5580 Queensborough Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30338



Consulate General of the Federative Republic of Brazil
3500 Lenox Rd., Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30326



Consulate General of Canada
1175 Peachtree St. NE
100 Colony Square, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30361



Chilean Consulate
2876 Sequoyah Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327



Consulate General of the Republic of Colombia
5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Suite 405
Atlanta, GA 30328


Costa Rica

Costa Rica Consulate General
1870 The Exchange, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339



Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus
3730 Bloxham Court
Atlanta, GA 30341


Czech Republic

Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic
c/o Gleeds/Castell
4 Concourse Parkway, Suite 215
Atlanta, GA 30328



Royal Danish Consulate
c/o Selig Enterprises, Inc.
110 Spring St. NW, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30309



Consulate General of the French Republic
Lenox Building
3399 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326



Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Marquis Two Tower, Suite 901
285 Peachtree Center Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303



Honorary Consulate of the Republic of India
3455 Peachtree Rd., 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30326



Consulate General of Japan
Phipps Tower, Suite 850
3438 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30326


Korea (South Korea)

Consulate General of the Republic of Korea
229 Peachtree St., Suite 2100
Atlanta, Ga 30303



Honorary Consulate of the Kingdom of Spain
1010 Huntcliff, Suite 2315
Atlanta, GA 30350



Honorary Consulate General of the Kingdom of Thailand
303 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 4800
Atlanta, GA 30308



Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta
Atlantic Center Plaza
1180 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30309



Honorary Consul General of Turkey
1266 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Suite 257
Atlanta, GA 30327

OIE Sessions

How to Succeed as a F-1 Student (Mandatory)       
How to Succeed as a J-1 Student (Mandatory)
Cultural Transitions & Student Panel 
International Coffee Hour/Tech Rec Night
Academic Transitions: Online Videos
Campus-Wide Orientation and Events
Graduate Student Orientation
Cultural and Diversity Student Organizations' Welcome Events

OIE Check-In and Welcome Series Sessions:

Check-In: All F-1 and J-1 students are required to “check-in” with the Office of International Education upon arrival at GA Tech.  This process includes uploading all immigration documents into iStart.  Uploaded documents must be correct and readable to be accepted.  Students will not be able to register for classes until they have successfully checked-in and their holds have been removed by an international student advisor.  For more information on Check-In, including complete instructions, visit OIE's Check-In page. 

Informational Sessions: International Welcome Series includes a number of informational sessions that will address a variety of topics that are essential and of interest to international students.  OIE understands that international students are very busy and overwhelmed at this time of year, but these sessions are helpful in identifying resources to help you during your time here at Georgia Tech. 

The International Welcome Series sessions are optional, but highly encouraged, with the exception of the "How to Succeed as a F1 Student" and "How to Succeed as a J1 Student" sessions.  All new, readmitted, transfer, change of status and change of level students are required to attend one of these mandatory sessions. These sessions will be offered multiple times during the week prior to the start of classes and the first week of classes to ensure that all students can attend. Students must present their GT identification card (Buzzcard) upon entrance to the session. 

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Informational Sessions & Social Events

(Note: these dates are subject to change. Please check back at a later date to confirm the dates, times and locations)

How to Succeed as a F-1 Student

Tuesday, January 10: 11am to 12pm, Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Room 152 (This is the new time, since the previous session on Friday, January 6th was cancelled)
Friday, January 13: 2pm-3pm, Student Center Theater

Success at GA Tech is more than getting straight As.  In order to succeed while studying in the U.S, F-1 students need to comply with numerous immigration regulations. Violation of these regulations could greatly impact a student’s ability to succeed academically.  All F-1 students are required attend one of these sessions which will be offered several times during the week prior to the start of classes and the first week of classes.  Students in attendance will learn about enrollment requirements, travel issues, working in the U.S (on and off-campus) and other relevant F-1 topics.  For attendance purposes, students will be asked to present their GT identification card (Buzzcard) at the session. 

How to Succeed as a J-1 Student

Thursday, January 12: 11am to 12pm Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Room 144 (This is the new time and location, since the previous session on Friday, January 6th was cancelled)

Success at GA Tech is more than getting straight As.  In order to succeed while studying in the U.S, J-1 students need to comply with numerous immigration regulations. Violation of these regulations could greatly impact a student’s ability to succeed academically. All J-1 students must attend this session.  Students in attendance will learn about enrollment requirements, travel issues, working in the U.S. and other relevant J-1 topics.  For attendance purposes, students will be asked to present their GT identification card (Buzzcard) at the session.

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Cultural Transitions & Student Panel

Cancelled Until Further Notice

An introduction to U.S. culture and how to adjust to living in the United States. OIE will give a high level introduction and then transition into a panel of current international students for their stories, tips, and to answer any questions you may have. 
Can't make the presentation? Watch these videos for an idea of the items discussed.

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International Coffee Hour/Tech Rec Night 

Tuesday, January 17: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Student Center Tech Rec (1st Floor)

International Coffee Hour is a monthly event sponsored by OIE, Georgia Tech International Ambassadors, and Global Jackets, (international student organizations). Coffee Hours are full of coffee, tea, food, and lots of interesting conversation and fun activities.  For the first Coffee Hour of the Spring 2017 semester, OIE has rented out the entire Tech Rec! Bowling, billiards, video games and air hockey will be free to all students in attendance.  This event are a great way for new students to meet friends from both the U.S and abroad!

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Academic Transitions: Online Videos

The U.S. academic system is different than systems around the world.  An understanding of these differences and knowledge of campus resources is essential to academic success. Watch these three videos to get acquainted with the U.S. higher education system, what to expect in an American college classroom, the role of the university professor, and much more.

1. Successful Interactions with Faculty and Staff

2. Academic Expectations

3. A Student's Role in the U.S College Classroom

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Campus-Wide Orientations and Events

**Please visit the appropriate web page to sign up for the following sessions.**


Transfer & Exchange Student FASET

Thursday, January 17, 2017
*Note: Exchange Student FASET includes the mandatory Exchange Student Meeting. 

FASET, which stands for "Familiarization and Adaptation to the Surroundings and Environs of Tech," is Georgia Tech's orientation program for new undergraduate students (freshmen, transfers, and exchange students) as well as their parents, family members, and guests. FASET has been a Georgia Tech tradition since 1972.  Orientation sessions are offered at the start of each semester for transfer students and during the summer for incoming freshmen (for freshmen starting in either summer or fall semester). 

During orientation new students will receive academic advisement, register for their first semester of courses, and complete other business items. In addition, Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and administrators will discuss important campus services, student organizations, the undergraduate curriculum, and academic programs. Most importantly, students, parents, and guests will have an opportunity to meet and interact with current Tech students as well as to get to know other new students, parents, and guests.

You must register for a FASET session through the FASET website
There is a fee for attending FASET that will be added to your Georgia Tech student account.  See the website for information. 

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Graduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, January 10, 2017: 10:00 am, Student Center Theater

This session will provide new graduate students valuable information pertaining to a number of topics relevant to all graduate students.  Registration is required.  Visit the Graduate Orientation website for more information and to sign up. 

Cultural and Diversity Student Organizations' Welcome Events

Several cultural & diversity-based organizations will be hosting welcome events during the first few weeks of school. Click here to check out some of these events!