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F-1 Status

Per immigration regulations INA § 101(a)(15)(F)(i), F-1 status refers to:

“An alien having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning, who is a bona fide student qualified to pursue a full course of study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study…”

In order to come to the U.S. to study at Georgia State, you had to obtain an I-20 from our school and then apply for an F-1 visa (unless you changed your status to F-1 within the United States or transferred from another school). Now that you have commenced your studies at Georgia State University, you need to make sure you maintain your legal status.

International students in F-1 visa status have several important responsibilities and benefits related to their immigration status described in the links to the left. If you have questions about any of this information, please come by ISSS during advising hours to speak with an advisor.