International Check-in and Orientation

GSU Main Campus

WHAT?

Two required programs:

  1. International Orientation: a series of info sessions to help you understand and protect your immigration status, and to adjust to life at GSU!
  2. Immigration Check-in: to document your arrival, and to report required information to the U.S Government.

WHO?

  • All NEW F-1 / J-1 and TRANSFER F-1 International Students (including those transferring from U.S. high schools)
  • ALL: Check-in & Orientation are required. Failure to check-in puts your immigration status at risk.
  • Allow 20 minutes to arrive from parking or public transit (MARTA) to campus locations indicated.

WHEN?

Locations are linked to GPS/Google Maps

  • International Orientation: January 4, 2018. Begins @ 8:30am
  • Student Center East - Ballroom (55 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303)
  • Lunch is provided.
  • Full schedule >> Here <<
  • Check-in: January 3, 2018 ( **You will select and schedule a time slot via iStart.)
  • Sparks Hall - Room 137 (33 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • What to bring: original passport, visa, and I-94.
  • You will not be allowed to complete Immigration Check-in without attending Orientation
  • Look up & print your I-94 >> Here <<

GSU Perimeter College

WHAT?

Two requirements:

  1. New Student Orientation: is required for ALL (domestic and international) students at Perimeter Campuses
  2. International Orientation & Immigration Check-in: an Information session to help you understand and protect your immigration status, to adjust to life at GSU, and  to document your arrival to report required information to the U.S Government.

WHO?

  • All NEW F-1 and TRANSFER F-1 International Students (including those transferring from U.S. high schools)
  • ALL: International Orientation & Check-in are required. Failure to check-in puts your immigration status at risk.
  • Allow 20 minutes to arrive from parking or public transit (MARTA) to campus locations indicated.

WHEN?

Clarkston Campus

  • International Orientation & Check-in: Wednesday, Jan 3 @ 2pm
  • Location: Building E, Room 1100
  • What to bring: original passport, visa, and I-94.
  • You will not be allowed to complete Immigration Check-in without attending Orientation
  • Look up & print your I-94 >> Here <<

Dunwoody Campus

  • International Orientation & Check-in: Thursday, Jan 4 @ 10am
  • Location: Building A, Room 1160
  • What to bring: original passport, visa, and I-94.
  • You will not be allowed to complete Immigration Check-in without attending Orientation
  • Look up & print your I-94 >> Here <<

Arrival Checklist

This >> printable checklist << puts all the essential “to-do” items together in one place. ISSS hopes this will assist you with a smooth transition to Georgia State University.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

To provide information about: 

    • federal immigration regulations and individual responsibilities as an F or J student
    • how to navigate the campus & administration of Georgia State University
    • basic needs such as housing, transportation, food and money
    • cultural adjustment to life in the United States and in Atlanta
    • unique characteristics of the U.S. classroom

 To complete administrative processes: 

    • confirm immigration documents (passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94)
    • SEVIS Reporting
    • GSTEP and other English placement testing
    • Math Placement Exam (for freshmen only)
    • academic advising
    • course registration

To create connections with:

    • other new students to form initial friendships
    • continuing students for advice and support
    • students’ academic departments
    • relevant campus services, programs and facilities

To welcome you to Georgia State University in a positive, friendly and helpful manner.

You will also attend international student orientation and check-in, not regular university new student orientation.
New international students can enter up to 30 days prior to the start date of their I-20.
Check-in is required. ISSS will have to terminate your status if you do not check-in.
If you do not attend orientation, you will not be able to complete check-in. You are required to attend.  You will learn how to protect your status and be prepared for life at GSU.
For DOWNTOWN students - No, that program is for US domestic students and requires a fee. International orientation is provided by ISSS and is free. For PERIMETER students - yes, you are required to attend.