Citizenship Verification

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires that any student applying to Georgia State University will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States before their admission to the university can be finalized. This requirement is detailed in the following Board of Regents policies:

In compliance with the above policies, a Citizenship Verification Hold preventing registration will be placed at the time of admission for any student admitted for fall 2011 or later until lawful presence is verified.

How Can the Citizenship Verification Hold be Removed?

Students may be verified through one of the following options:

A. Verification through the Federal Aid Financial Aid Form (FAFSA)

If you are either a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or eligible non-citizen (does not apply to international students on a visa) that has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence. If you are not able to be confirmed as lawfully present the Office of Financial Aid will follow-up with you for additional documentation.

B. Submission of one of the following documents:

  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization *
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship *
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad*
  • Current U.S. Passport *
  • Current GA Driver’s License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
  • Current GA ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
  • Permanent Resident Card*
  • Certified U.S. Birth certificate (must be submitted in person)
  • Military ID (must be verified in person)

*Copies of these documents are acceptable. BLACK AND WHITE documents should be submitted directly to your Academic Advisor in the Office of Graduate Services.

C. Verification through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System)

If you have or are applying for an F or J visa the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by the ISSS office as you prepare to arrive to Georgia State.

D. Verification through SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements)

If you are not a U.S. citizen and are not able to be verified by one of the options above, please contact the International Student and Scholar Services office in order to query the SAVE Database.

This requirement applies to all newly admitted students at the Georgia State University beginning fall 2011. This includes students who have been previously enrolled at GSU but are either returning (Re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified; however Cross-Registration students do not.

What If I Do Not Provide Proof of Lawful Presence?

Admission will be withdrawn for any student who is unable to provide proof of lawful presence by at least one of the methods outlined above.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants are not eligible to attend Georgia State University and certain other colleges and universities within the University System of Georgia (USG), pursuant to the policies of the state Board of Regents (USGBOR). The other colleges and universities where DACA individuals are not eligible to enroll, per USGBOR policies, are The University of Georgia, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia Health Sciences University. USGBOR policies do not recognize DACA individuals as being lawfully present and therefore eligible to enroll, although DACA individuals have been authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to remain in the United States during the period of deferred action. DACA students are welcome to pursue admission and enrollment at other USG or non-USG institutions outside of those named above, as the USGBOR policy currently applies only to these five institutions. More information about this policy may be obtained by contacting the USGBOR at http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/contact.