Immigration Information Sessions: Analysis of Recent Guidance from SEVP

International students, both continuing and admitted, are making decisions about academic programs and courses this fall. However, we know that there may be various issues, particularly travel restrictions or visa matters, subject to guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

Please join OIE for one of the following information sessions for analysis of recent guidance from SEVP:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 8:00am EDT
(GT login required:

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 9:00am EDT
(GT login required:

Following guidance from Georgia Tech Administration and the University System of Georgia, the Office of International Education has implemented its continuity of operations plan.  This plan moves OIE to email and other internet-based forms of communication until further notice.  When you have questions or require support, please email the following contacts:
    International Students and Scholars:
    Education Abroad:
    For all other inquiries, please refer to the staff list:

OIE remains committed to providing excellent service to all of our stakeholders.  We look forward to working with you virtually to continue supporting Tech's global mission. We appreciate your support and understanding as we and the rest of the world respond to the current public health crisis. 

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FutureCurrent StudentsAlumniPrep and ArrivalCampus CompassCritical Updates

This page has detailed instructions for completing International Student Check-In.

Your hold will not be removed until you do so. Some of the steps of check-in you will be able to do before you arrive on campus.

We encourage you to do as much as you can on your own; this will save you time and allow you to register for classes as soon as possible.

ISSS has provided resources to help you with check-in, both online and in-person.


New Students

All F-1 students beginning the 1st semester of a degree program at Georgia Tech

Transfer Students

All F-1 students who have transferred their I-20 to Georgia Tech from another U.S. institution (including the Georgia Tech Savannah campus).
Transfer Students who were not shipped a GA Tech I-20 must pick up their Georgia Tech I-20 from the OIE office before completing Check-In. Please visit the Transfer Student page for additional information.

Re-Admitted Students

All Tech students who are resuming studies after an absence from Tech of 2 or more semesters.

Change of Status Students

All students who have changed their Visa to F-1 from any other Visa category and are beginning their 1st semester on F-1. Please visit the Change of Visa Status page for more information.

Change of Degree Level

All Tech students who are beginning a new degree this semester after graduating with a different degree last semester (Ex: Master's to PhD).
Change of Level Students must pick up their Georgia Tech I-20 from the OIE office before completing check-in.


Exchange Visitors

All J-1 students beginning their first semester at Georgia Tech.

Fullbright & LASPAU Students

Please visit the Fulbright/LASPAU page for instructions about completing International Student Check-In and useful information regarding the Fulbright Student Association and receiving your Fulbright check.

DHS requires that schools maintain records of all international students, including current copies of all immigration and travel documents.

This is an opportunity for you to meet members of the Office of International Education and learn about the benefits and regulations of your F-1 or J-1 Visa.

Government regulations require that all F and J student visa holders complete the International Student Check-in process as a condition of maintaining status. In order to verify that you've satisfied all requirements of obtaining status after entry, we require that all documents that you upload be correct, current, and readable. When you have completed the check-in e-forms, an International Student Advisor will verify that all of your documents are correct before removing the OIE student registration hold. Please see the Course Registration and Holds page for more information on holds. If you are having problems uploading your documents to iStart, please see OIE's Steps on Resolving E-Form PDF Upload Issues.

Please find guidance below on how to complete the required International Student Check-in process. After attempting to complete the OIE check-in, if you still have questions, we enourage you to visit us during OIE walk-in advising and an advisor will be able to support you.

  1. Go to
  2. Use your GT Username and Password (the same as for Buzzport, GT Email, etc) to log in.
  3. Find the "F/J Student Arrival and Check-In" tab on the left column
  4. Select "OIE Check-in." Complete and submit the following e-forms:
    1. Arrival Confirmation
    2. Immigration Regulations Acknowledgement
    3. Immigration Document Upload

*Please note, Georgia Institute of Technology, including the Office of International Education, will be closed in observance of the winter break holiday and New Year’s Day. The OIE will be closed Monday December 23- Friday December 27 and Wednesday January 1. More information about walk-in advising and appointments is available on the OIE website.

How Should I Update My Contact Information?

Federal regulations require all F-1 and J-1 students to provide current United States contact information to OIE after arrival and within 10 days of any changes. All students must provide their U.S. residential address, email and phone number

In order to submit this information to OIE you will enter your U.S. contact information into iStart. This e-form is a required part of the International Student Check-In process.

Correct U.S. Address Format:

Street Number and Name631 Cherry St.
Apartment/Suite/Room NumberSuite 211
Building Name (If you have one)Savant Building
Zip Code30332

The residential address you report must be a physical address, not a P.O. Box or GT mailbox. You must use the physical address where you are living, not the general Georgia Tech or OIE address as this will delay your check-in process.

A list of on-campus residence hall addresses can be found here.

U.S. Phone Number:

If you do not have a U.S. phone number when you are completing International Student Check-In, you may use a) A friend's b) Your academic department. However, this is just for International Student Check-in. As soon as you get a U.S. phone number, you are required by federal regulations to report your new number to OIE. 

How can I get my OIE hold removed?

Please see the section above "How do I complete Check-in E-forms" for instructions on which e-forms to complete and when they will be available. After submitting all of the Check-In e-forms, an advisor will review your e-forms and remove your OIE hold. Once you have received the email from the advisor indicating that your hold was removed, you will be able to register for your classes.


If you have any challenges with completing the International Student Check-In process or have questions, please visit us during OIE walk-in advising and an advisor will be able to support you.

*Please note, Georgia Institute of Technology, including the Office of International Education will be closed in observance of the winter break holiday and New Year’s Day. The OIE will be closed Monday Dec. 23rd- Friday Dec. 27th and Wednesday Jan. 1st.




What Do Correct Documents Look Like?

As previously stated, you must upload correct and readable copies of your Immigration/Travel documents as part of the International Student Check-In process. Please see the examples below of visa, passport, I-20, DS-2019, I-94, I-515 A, I-797.

**This page is still under construction**





I-94: Electronic 

This form can be retrieved online through this link




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