International Check-in and Orientation

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?

GSU Main Campus

Locations are linked to GPS/Google Maps

  • International Orientation: August 10, 2017, Begins @ 8:30am
  •  Student Center East
  •  Lunch is provided.
  •  Full schedule >> Here <<
  • Check-in: August 10, 2017, 1pm ( **You will select and schedule a time slot via iStart.)
  • Sparks Hall - Room 137
  • 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 <<

Locations are linked to GPS/Google Maps

  • International Orientation: August 14, 2017, Begins @ 8:30am
  •  Sports Arena
  •  Lunch is provided.
  •  Full schedule >> Here <<
  • Check-in: August 16, 2017 ( **You will select and schedule a time slot via iStart.)
  • Sparks Hall - Room 137
  • 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

Clarkston Campus

  • International Orientation & Check-in: May 30, 2017, 9am-2pm
  • Location: Building CL, Room 2220
  • 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: June 1, 2017, 9am-2pm
  • Location: Building NA, 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 <<

Clarkston Campus

  • International Orientation & Check-in: August 15, 2017
  • Location: To Be Determined
  • 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: August 17, 2017
  • Location: To Be Determined
  • 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.

WHY?

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.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 
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.
No, that program is for US domestic students and requires a fee. International orientation is provided by ISSS and is free.