Citizenship Verification and Lawful Presence

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 below:
  • 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.
  • 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. Documents should be submitted directly to the Office of Academic Assistance in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. You may submit black & white scanned copies of materials (excluding certifies U.S. Birth certificates and military ID’s) at Materials may also be submitted in person at the Office of Academic Assistance located at 14 Marietta Street NW, Suite G52, Atlanta, GA 30303.

  • Verification through SEVIS (Student and Exchange Information System)

If you have or are applying for an F, or J visa we 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 our Office of International Student and Scholar Services as you prepare to arrive to GSU.

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)

Georgia State University admits all academically qualified undergraduate students, regardless of immigration status.  The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students applying to Georgia State University to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes.

In accordance with Board of Regents policy 4.1.6, Georgia State University will admit academically qualified undocumented students to undergraduate programs at its Atlanta campus. This change is effective for admissions to the spring 2017 semester. Applicants and transition students wishing to enroll must meet all academic requirements for acceptance into bachelor-degree programs at Georgia State University. If accepted and enrolled, undocumented students will be required to pay out-of-state tuition as required by state law and Board of Regents policy

More information about this policy may be obtained by contacting the USGBOR at