F-1 International Students
With the implementation of SEVIS, it is imperative that you report any changes of your personal information to your DSO. Immigration regulations require you to report changes such as your name and address to your DSO WITHIN 10 DAYS of the change. Failure to do so will cause you to fall out of status. It is your responsibility to notify your ADSO/DSO and the Registrarís Office of these changes.
report a change of address, please complete the Change
of Student Information Form, which can be found at the
Registrarís Office or downloaded from RAIN.
Please present the completed form to your ADSO/DSO before submitting it
to the Registrarís Office.
you have changed your name (example: if you have been married/divorced, etc) you
will need to use the Change
of Student Information Form to report the change to
Georgia Southwestern State University. You will need to present one of the
following documents that already reflect the change of name as proof: marriage
certificate, driverís license, social security card, or divorce decree.
Upon admittance to GSW, you were assigned a Student ID number. This number is printed on your Student ID card and used for all your university related records. The only time this number is changed is when you are issued a United States Social Security Card. Your social security number will replace the generated student ID number. Please complete the Change of Student Information Form and present your social security card in order to make the change.
The I-20 issued to you upon admittance to Georgia Southwestern State University states your field of study. In order to comply with the terms of your F-1 visa status you must pursue the course of study listed on your I-20. If you choose a different major field of study, you must contact your DSO to discuss the procedure and effects of changing your major during your course of study in the United States.
most cases, a new I-20 will be issued to reflect the change of major. Remember,
you are responsible for completing the Change
of Major/Advisor form found in the Registrarís Office or downloaded
This form must be signed by your current advisor, and then presented to the
school/department of your newly chosen field-of-study where a new advisor will
be assigned to you. The completed form must be returned to the Registrarís
Office, Sanford Hall, room 210.
you choose to change from an Asian Studies Program to a Bachelor program, or
Bachelor program to a Graduate program, you must apply for admission to that
program. If you are admitted into the program, you will need to bring all of
your immigration documents to your new DSO so that a new I-20 can be issued.
an F-1 Student, you are permitted to transfer to a different school provided the
transfer procedure is followed. To transfer, you MUST notify your Georgia
Southwestern State University DSO of your intent to transfer to another
institution within the United States. Your DSO will assist you with any required
paperwork. NOTE: Failure to complete
the transfer process is a violation of your F-1 Status.
If you need to get your F-1 visa renewed or if you need to apply for an F-1 visa, you should contact the US Embassy/Consulate in the country where you are traveling BEFORE you travel. Be sure to find out what documents are required and how long the process may take. Note: Please be aware of the long delays affecting the visa application process. Be sure to plan ahead to avoid serious delays!
F-1 VISAS CANNOT BE RENEWED WITHIN THE U.S.
Consult your own consulate or embassy in the U.S. to renew your passport. The consulate/embassy officials will inform you of any required forms or fees. If you are required to supply a letter verifying your enrollment at GSW, you may request verification from the Registrarís Office.
Last modified: November 12, 2004