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OIE serves students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders with an inclusive approach of virtual and in-person services. We look forward to serving you. Links to services for international students and scholars:

Drop-In Advising | Individual Appointments | Email | Provide Feedback

Welcome Series

Important Guidance and Updates for F and J Visa Holders

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 Planning Overview
General Guidance Overview
Newly Admitted Student Guidance Overview
Enrolled Student Guidance Overview
Curricular Practical Training Guidance Overview
Optional Practical Training Guidance Overview
Exchange Visitor Guidance Overview

To learn more about current U.S. entry restrictions, please visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

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

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 the pandemic are encouraged to review the COVID-19 FAQ below for more information about travel challenges and entry restrictions.

Student Wellness Resources

Introducing Drop-in Advising

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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.

Due to a high volume of students joining us for advising, advisors will not be meeting with those joining to ask about processing times or those requesting an expedite. These tickets will automatically be closed. For more information about current processing times, please review our website: https://oie.gatech.edu/isss/istart-e-form-processing-times.

As outlined on the website, processing times are counted in business days. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are considered business days. Institute holidays are not considered business days. The Institute holidays can be found in the following link: https://hr.gatech.edu/payroll. If you find that your request is outside of processing time, you can submit a report to our office online. Our team will review this information and follow-up with you to provide an updated timeline for the request or guidance on next steps.

*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 https://bluejeans.com/513565882

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET https://bluejeans.com/597483525 

Thursday 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM ET https://bluejeans.com/143300467


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

Virtual F-1 OPT Workshops

Financial Assistance for International Students