International Students and Scholars Services


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. Links to services for international students and scholars:

Drop-In AdvisingIndividual Appointments | Email | Provide Feedback

International Travel Information

International Travel Information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that effective January 26th all air passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, ages 2 years and older “are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel.

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or recovery from Covid-19 and medical clearance to travel.

We encourage all individuals traveling to the U.S. to review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and consult with your airline with any questions in advance of your flight date.

General Travel Information is Available Here. Students traveling during COVID-19 are encouraged to review the COVID-19 FAQ for more information about travel challenges and entry restrictions in the COVID-19 FAQ directly below. 


Important Guidance and Updates for F and J Visa Holders

Breaking News February 26, 2021

USCIS Extends Flexibility for OPT Applications filed between October 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021

Please see USCIS announcement here

Guidance for F and J Visa Holders Affected by COVID 19

The OIE FAQ below is updated to reflect the important points from the latest government guidance. The Covid-19 situation continues to be fluid so the FAQs below are being updated as federal regulatory guidance is issued to universities to assist students with questions related to COVID-19.  Please note that all guidance here is subject to change.

Enrollment PlanningOverview
General GuidanceOverview
Newly Admitted Student GuidanceOverview
Enrolled Student GuidanceOverview
Curricular Practical Training GuidanceOverview
Optional Practical Training GuidanceOverview
Exchange Visitor GuidanceOverview

To learn more about current U.S. entry restrictions, please visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control. See this Department of State update on student visa holder exemptions for the U.K., Ireland, and Schengen Area. 

Tech Moving Forward: Our Road to Recovery provides guidance on Georgia Tech's plans. 

For contact information for your Embassy or consulate about guidance related to returning to your home country, please visit the U.S. Department of State site here

Introducing 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.

*The bluejeans room and sign-up system may be be temporarily locked if volume exceeds our capacity. *

Upcoming Drop-In Advising: 

Monday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET 

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Thursday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Your patience and support with this test environment is greatly appreciated. Wait times may be longer than expected.


Issues Accessing the Meeting? Try these steps:

Refresh your browser and see if the meeting link updates. On occasion the meeting room link must be updated when challenges occur in previously scheduled meeting rooms. 

Try to login into Bluejeans via this link first and then join 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.

Last modified: 
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 3:40pm

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