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
- Creation of new programs, online courses, or internship experiences requires a Program Verification Form be submitted to OGS. New programs must be reviewed by OGS and approved by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) or the Department of State before Georgetown can issue a form I-20 or form DS-2019 for international students to study at Georgetown.
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.