Office of Global Engagement

Telephone: 706-542-2900

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.

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

For more information about the iStart portal, please visit:
ISTART Portal    

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 8:00AM-5:00PM, Monday – Friday. 

    Our weekly walk-in hours for advising are below.  Walk-in appointments are a maximum of 15 minutes.  If you need a longer appointment, please email to schedule one.  In general, questions about employment in the United States will need an appointment.

    Tuesday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Wednesday: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 12:00PM

    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.

  • 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.