Check-in

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

Please remember that it is mandatory that you complete Check-In by meeting an International Student and Scholar Services representative. 

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.

F-1 STUDENTS

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.

J-1 STUDENTS

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.

As part of OIE’s International Student Check-In, you will do the following things:

STEPS TO COMPLETE FROM HOME

  1. Upload your F-1 / J-1 Visa into iStart.
  2. Upload I-20 / DS-2019 into iStart.
  3. Complete the "How to Succeed as an F-1 Student" e-form in iStart (for Change of Degree Level students only!)

STEPS TO COMPLETE AFTER ARRIVAL IN THE U.S.

  1. Enter your U.S. Contact Information into iStart. **See below for more instructions**
  2. Upload I-94 into iStart.
    • Students issued paper I-94s by Customs and Border Protection will upload copies of the front and back of the paper I-94. Students issued electronic I-94s will use their biographical and arrival information to access and print their electronic I-94 from the Customs and Border Protection I-94 Admission Retrieval website. They will then print the record and upload it to iStart. Unable to access your I-94? Click here for help.
  3. Meet with an International Student Advisor who will check your documents and remove your hold. This is your opportunity to ask questions about maintaining your Visa status. See below for more details.

How to use iStart (see pictures below!):

  1. Go to iStart.gatech.edu
  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. Choose "Start a New Request"

Bear in mind that all international students must complete the check-in. The documents that you upload must be correct, current, and readable. When you have completed the uploading process, an International Student Advisor will verify that all of your documents are correct before removing your 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.

 

Follow these screenshots to begin the process. NOTE: You will complete "Spring 2018 Check-in" e-forms. "Fall 2016 Check-in" is just an example for instructional and visual aide purposes. Additionally, the Personal Information Update e-form is now called "Contact Information F Students" and "Contact Information J Students". 

 


How Should I Update My Contact Information?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires all F-1 and J-1 students to provide current United States contact information at all times. All students must provide their address, email and phone number

You will enter your U.S. contact information into iStart. This e-form is a required part of the Check-In process.

Correct U.S. Address Format:

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

The SEVIS Inside address must be a physical address, not a P.O. Box or GT mailbox. You must use your own address, not the general Georgia Tech or OIE address.

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 Check-In, you may use a) A friend's b) Your academic department. However, this is just for Check-in. As soon as you get a U.S. phone number, you are required to update OIE with it.


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 submitted all of the required e-forms, you are ready for the final stage: Hold Removal. You must meet an OIE advisor for hold removal. This table has the dates, times and locations that OIE advisors are available for hold removal.

DateDayTimeLocation

Dec 11-21

Dec 22

Jan 2

Jan 3

Jan 4-5

Jan 8- 9

Jan 10

Jan 11

Monday- Thursday

Friday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday- Friday

Monday- Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

1:00- 4:30p

1:00- 3:00p

10:00- 11:30a AND 1- 4:30p

1:00- 4:30p

8:30- 11:30a AND 1- 4:30p

8:30- 11:30a AND 1- 4:30p

1- 4:30p 

8:30- 11:30a AND 1- 4:00p

Savant 211

Savant 211

Savant 308

Savant 308

Savant 308

Savant 211

Savant 211

Savant 211

Tip: Bring your Passport, I-20/DS-2019 and I-94 with you to meet the OIE advisor. If there is a problem with any uploads, you will have to do the e-form again.

 

The Savant Building is located here:

 

 

 

 

 


 

What Do Correct Documents Look Like?

As previously stated, you must upload correct and readable copies of your Immigration/Travel documents to be able to register for courses. What exactly are we talking about? Below we have examples of what your documents should look like. There may be a few slight differences, but essentially, International Student Advisors will be looking to see the following things:
 

PASSPORT

VISA

I-20

DS-2019

I-94: Electronic

  

I-94: PAPER

Front

Back

 

 

 

I-515A

Page 1

Page 2

 

 

I-797