Before You Arrive

Welcome to Georgetown University! Being organized and prepared before you leave home will make your arrival much easier. Below you will find visa and immigration guides to help you navigate U.S. immigration requirements and a checklist of tasks to complete before your arrival at Georgetown.  

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Activate your NetID here in order to log into your GU email account to receive important information from OGS and your academic department.

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Submit the Immigration Questionnaire (IQ) to the Office of Global Services (OGS) in order to obtain your Form DS-2019 or I-20.  Instructions for submitting the IQ can be found in your admission letter.

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Upload all required documents to the International Student Portal, and check your Portal account regularly for updates.

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Read the International Student Pre-Arrival Guide for information about housing, tips for academic success, living in Washington DC, and adjusting to US culture.

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Pay the SEVIS fee once you receive your immigration document.

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File visa application Form DS-160 and schedule a visa interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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Send your photo to the GOCard Office via email by August 12th in order to ensure your student ID card will be ready when you arrive on campus.

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Join the Georgetown International Student & Scholars Facebook page to keep up with news from OGS! If you have a partner or family joining you at Georgetown, click here for resources and join GIPFA to connect with other partners and families around campus.

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Plan travel to arrive in the United States no later than the start date listed on your Form I-20 or DS-2019 and no earlier than 30 days prior to this date. If you cannot arrive by the date on your immigration document, contact OGS at internationalorientation@georgetown.edu immediately. 

checkbox1 Submit immunization forms to the Student Health Center by July 1st.  
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Accept the Georgetown University insurance plan in MyAccess. Georgetown mandates that international students accept the University's student health insurance Premier Plan. Only under very limited and specific circumstances will students in F-1 or J-1 status be permitted to waive the plan.  

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Consider your transportation from the airport to campus or your apartment. Visit Georgetown University SuperShuttle Portal to get a discount!

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checkbox1  Pay your tuition. First, establish Authorized Users to receive email notifications of electronic billing statements (eStatements) or submit documentation from a sponsoring organization to the Office of Billing & Payment Services.