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

If you are a student traveling to the U.S. and you forgot to bring your I-20 or DS-2019 or request a travel signature, please review the guidance below for more information. Please note that this situation is not considered an emergency during the closure and there is an easy process we can work through together when OIE reopens after winter break.

What to do if you did not get a valid travel signature:

  1. Log into iStart and print the home page screen where your name, SEVIS ID, and SEVIS status are listed.
  2. Show this iStart print out, your passport, and any other immigration documents you have with you to the CBP Official. They will review your records and determine if an I-515A for temporary admission to the U.S. is appropriate.
  3. If you are issued an I-515A please know that you must attend drop-in advising hours to obtain a newly issued and signed I-20 or DS-2019. This is required in order to fulfill the I-515A requirements within the 30 day period allotted by the Department of Homeland Security.

For more information on I-515A issuance and instructions on how to best prepare for your arrival into the U.S., please visit the Department of Homeland Security's Study in the States website:

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. 


Orientation Series

Welcome Series
We are excited to welcome you to Georgia Tech! Please visit our Orientation Series webpage for information regarding pre-arrival and orientation sessions.

New US Entry Requirement COVID-19

Last modified: 
Friday, January 15, 2021 - 1:00pm

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions & Info Sessions

Info Sessions offered Fridays through January 8 at  9-10 a.m. except for Institute holidays on December 25 and January 1. 

Join link:

Watch previous recordings here:

November 20:

December 4th:

December 18:

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. SEVP has not yet released Spring 2021 guidance for F-1 student visa holders. 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

DHS Proposal to Replace Duration of Status

The U.S. government recently proposed to remove duration of status for F and J visa holders (please see proposed changes in PDF below). We are following developments closely and will keep you updated as additional guidance becomes available.

We want to assure you that Georgia Tech will share information with policy makers about the importance of international students and scholars to our global institution and advocate for all students to pursue academic programs and OPT benefits without interruption. 

We reaffirm here our support for international students and welcome the opportunity to connect personally during our 1:1 virtual drop-in advising sessions linked here. In addition, we will respond to any individual inquiries as soon as we are able.

We hear you, we care, and we are working diligently every day, along with other staff, faculty, and Institute leadership, to advocate and support you.

Please see an overview of the proposed changes in the PDF linked below: 

DHS Proposal to Remove Duration of Status PDF (143kb)

If you have questions, please submit them here to help OIE develop a FAQ to address questions about the proposed rule. You are also welcome to pose your questions in OIE Drop-In Advising or via 1:1 appointments. 


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.

Upcoming Drop-In Advising: 

Georgia Tech will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observation of the MLK Holiday and no virtual advising will be offered during the institution's closure. 

Mondays  9:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Tuesdays  1:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Thursdays 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Friday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET

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

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

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, January 15, 2021 - 5:15pm

This notice applies to all information and resource materials provided by the OIE for the domain and for all other information provided by OIE in any media format. It is provided for informational purposes only, and is not represented to be error free, complete, accurate or current. The information contained herein is not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for the legal advice or legal opinions of a licensed professional. Users should contact their own personal attorney or licensed professional to obtain appropriate legal advice or other professional counseling with respect to any particular issue or problem.