iStart E-form Processing Times

OIE provides important e-form services to more than 10,000 F and J visa holders sponsored by the institution utilizing Sunapsis software. Visa holders and academic departments submit e-form service requests through the Sunapsis iStart portal. OIE prioritizes e-form service requests based on timing of submission and order of processing priority for the office.  

Processing times are updated as needed based on the volume of requests. Please find current estimated processing times measured in business days for OIE e-forms below. Please note the 1st business day is the first full day immediately following the submission of the e-form. Business days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. 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.

We appreciate your patience with adjusted processing times as we work diligently to balance student and recent graduate needs with the high quality of care required to ensure accuracy in SEVIS reporting. 

E-Form Name

Estimated processing time in business days

F-1 Graduate I-20/DS-2019 Request

10

F-1 F Graduate I-20 Deferral Request

*on or before November 1

F-1 Undergraduate Initial I-20/DS-2019 Request

10

F-1 Change of Status to F-1

10

F-1 Student Check-In

4

F-1 I-20 Request for Returning Students

10

F-1 Academic Reduced Course Load

4

F-1 Medical Reduced Course Load

4

F-1 Graduate Change of Major

10

F-1 Graduate Program Extension

10

F-1 Change of Level

10

F-1 COL Check-in

4

F-1 Undergrad Change of Major

10

F-1 Undergraduate Program Extension

10

F-1 Grad CPT request

4

F-1 Undergrad CPT

4

F-1 Travel Signature Request

4

F-1 Student Administrative Processing Visa Delay

10

F-1 I-515A

4

F-1 I-515A Resolution

4

F-1 Request New Dependent SEVIS Document

10

F-1 ITIN Letter Request for Primary Visa Holders

10

F-1 On-Campus Employment

5

F-1 Transfer Out Request

4

F-1 F Student Immigration Document Update

10

F-1 Intent to Depart the U.S./End I-20 Status

5

F-1 Change of Status from F-1/F-2

10

F-1 OIE Hold Removal

2

F-1 Post Completion OPT I-20

5

F-1 OPT Cap-Gap I-20

10

F-1 OPT Travel Signature

5

F-1 Pre-Completion OPT

5

F-1 OPT Employment/Contact Update

10

F-1 OPT I-797 confirmation

15

F-1 Post-OPT EAD

15

F-1 End Post-Completion OPT

10

F-1 STEM Extension request

10

F-1 STEM RFE

5

F-1 STEM 6 Month Verification #1

10

F-1 STEM 6 month #2 and 12 month evaluation

10

F-1 STEM 6 Month Verification #3

10

F-1 STEM Final Evaluation

10

F-1 STEM Minor Information Update

10

F-1 Material Change to STEM Employment

10

F-1 STEM Cap-Gap I-20 request

10

F-1 Department iStart Access

4

J-1 Scholar Dependent DS-2019

15

J-1 Scholar Dependent EAD

15

J-1 Scholar J Scholar Travel

4

J-1 Scholar Advisory Opinion

15

J-1 Scholar Departmental Compliance Certification

15

J-1 Scholar Extension Request

15

J-1 Scholar Incidental Employment

15

J-1 Scholar Update to DS-2019

15

J-1 Scholar  English Language Proficiency

15

J-1 Scholar Transfer Check In

5

J-1 Scholar Hiring & Hosting Eligibility

15

 

 

J-1 Scholar Scholar Address Update

10

J-1 Scholar Scholar Administrative Processing Delay

10

J-1 Scholar Check In

5

J-1 Scholar Dependent (J-2) Arrival/Check-in

5

J-1 Scholar  Immigration Document Update (e-form)

15