Extending, Transferring, Changing Immigration Documents +
Changes in a student’s academic program may require changes to the immigration documents.
Change of Address
Immigration Services must report all address changes in a student’s SEVIS record. Students will need to log into the Athena account and change the address immediately. Once this is done, the Athena system will notify our office and the update will be recorded in SEVIS.
Extension of Academic Program
Students in F-1 or J-1 student status, and their F-2 and J-2 dependents, may be able to receive extension of their immigration status, if something changes about the academic program, or more time is needed to complete the academic program. For an extension, the student must have a valid, compelling academic reason for needing more time to complete the program, and this reason or reasons must be confirmed by the academic department or supervising faculty member. The student must submit new proof of adequate funding to the immigration advisor in the Immigration Services office at UGA in order to receive an immigration program extension. If approved, your immigration advisor at UGA will issue a new DS-2019 form, or I-20 form, with a new program end date.
Note that this DOES NOT give you a new F-1 or J-1 "visa" in your passport. If you depart the U.S after receiving an immigration program extension, and your previous F or J visa has expired, you will need to apply for and receive a new visa before returning to the United States.
Changing Degree Level or Major
Upon admission to a new degree program, students should request an updated Form I-20 or DS-2019. This request is to be made within iStart.uga.edu.
Change of Educational Level or Major Information
Transferring to a Different School in the United States
International students in F or J status are eligible to transfer their immigration records in SEVIS to a new U.S. school. This is a separate process form the academic transfer, and involves sending the new U.S. school your active SEVIS F or J record. Students should request the SEVIS transfer in iStart.uga.edu