Office of Global Engagement

Telephone: 706-542-2900

Click here for our recently updated FAQ Regarding Immigration Status and Services at UGA

Please note: In order to best serve our students and scholars during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration Services will continue to mail documents through fall semester to reduce in-person office visits. See here for more information.

Immigration Services: Mission Statement

Immigration Services (IS) at the University of Georgia (UGA) provides centralized immigration and visa-sponsorship information to international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and to UGA colleges and schools. Through comprehensive assistance and collaboration with other UGA offices, Immigration Services contributes to the development and maintenance of a dynamic and intercultural learning environment; supports growing world-wide research endeavors; and assists all students and the University with greater opportunities for success in the global economy.  Through our work we directly support UGA's educational, research and internationalization goals for the 21st century.

Immigration Services: Commitment to Service

Immigration Services advisors are highly trained professionals who provide a welcoming and informed setting for internationals at UGA.  We serve as critical liaisons between internationals sponsored by UGA and a highly complex regulatory bureaucracy.

Compass - the web portal for internationals at UGA, and sponsoring UGA Departments!

To access Compass, please visit:

Contact Information

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Phone: (706) 542-2900

  • Location +

    Immigration Services is located within the Office of Global Engagement (OGE):
    1324 South Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30602

    We are just south of the Georgia Center, opposite the track and field center.
    Phone: (706) 542-2900

    If you have a departmental parking pass, you may park in the OGE parking lot. If not, parking is available at the Georgia Center Parking Deck, about two blocks away.

  • Office Hours +

    The Office of Global Engagement’s office hours are 9:00AM-4:00PM, Monday – Friday.   Phone, email, and virtual advising are available as needed.  

    The office is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Official Holidays.

    During office closure, if you have an emergency and need to reach Immigration Services, please call UGA Campus Police at 706-542-2200, or contact our emergency line at 706 202-2546.

  • Bus Directions +

    The UGA Buses can take you to our office. There is limited bus service on holidays or during school breaks. Bus schedules and route maps are available at, or by calling (706) 369-6220.

    Bus service is also provided by the Athens Transit System. The Athens Transit System is the citywide bus system. The Athens Transit System buses run from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is no bus service on Sundays or on holidays. There are 15 bus routes with bus stops at many locations throughout Athens. The bus is free for students, faculty and staff with a valid UGA Card; otherwise, to ride the bus, please check their web site for the most current pricing and schedules or call (706) 613-3430.

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  • Virtual Advising +

    UGA Immigration Services offers another way to interact with our team of advisors!  Immigration advisors will be available for virtual advising hours for students and scholars using Zoom. 

    Access Link for Students and Scholars: 

    Standard Schedule:

    Scholar Advising


    2:00pm-4:00pm EST

    Student Advising


    2:00pm-4:00pm EST


    Virtual Advising Guidelines

    Please use this option for questions that may take less than 15 minutes. We want to be mindful of others!

    Immigration Advisors may request an in-person meeting with students or scholars, if required by the nature of the question.

    For international students, if questions are related to work authorization (CPT or OPT), please review the workshops before calling in or visiting our normally scheduled walk-in hours.

    All students and scholars should review materials on our website and/or Compass e-forms prior to calling in or visiting our normally scheduled walk-in hours.