The Office of Global Services (OGS) is the University’s liaison to U.S. governmental agencies on matters relating to international students and scholars studying and working in the United States. OGS also serves as a resource to Departments who wish to admit, invite, or hire international students, researchers, faculty, staff, and student interns by helping them understand the pertinent federal regulations, determining the appropriate visa classification, issuing visa documents and filing Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) petitions. Please contact your program's dedicated IS Advisor with any questions.
Below are a variety of situations in which OGS should be included in the communication loop as early as possible in order to protect and preserve both a student's immigration status as well as the integrity and compliance of the University's F-1 and J-1 programs.
- Early terminations: suspensions; expulsions or withdrawals
- Late arrivals & deferrals
- Students who decide not to attend
- Doctoral students terminating with a Master's degree
- Failing to make normal progress towards degree
- Study or research abroad
- Missing students
- Less than full-time enrollment
- Registration holds
- Leaves of absence
- Georgetown must receive Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approval for new programs before OGS can issue a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 for international students to study at the University. SEVP must also approve changes to existing programs such as changes to time to degree, the addition of online courses, or revisions to internship experiences before those changes go into effect for F-1 and J-1 international students. Program administrators should consult with OGS about the SEVP approval timeline before making plans to admit international students to new programs or to existing programs that have undergone changes.
- Submit a Program Verification Form (PVF) to OGS.
- OGS reviews the PVF within two weeks.
- OGS submits the new program or the program change to SEVP or the Department of State using I-17, "Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student".
- I-17 is reviewed by SEVP. The review currently takes an average 4-6 months.
- Approval decision is granted by SEVP and communicated to OGS.
- OGS alerts the new program that immigration documents may be issued for the next admissions cycle.
This list is not inclusive of all situations that may arise. When in doubt, please contact your program's dedicated IS Advisor. It is better for our office to be over-informed as our ability to support students and departments after a violation has occurred is limited.