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Current Students

Welcome to the Current Students section

NEW: FAQs for Returning International Students (Updated 8/3)


Here you will find important information about maintaining your F-1 status, how to deal with academic issues and taking a leave of absence. We also provide information on how to file your taxes, how to get a social security card, employment and OPT/CPT programs.

Remember that all requests need to go through the ISSS portal, which you can find in your my.georgiasouthern.edu portal or at the link below:

Helpful Tips for Using the ISSS Portal

  • Detailed log in instructions
  • If prompted to choose if you are logging in as a User, Administrator, or Reviewer, choose User if you are a student.
  • Only click on the request on the site home page one time.
    • Every time you click on the request, it opens a new request which means you have to duplicate entry and have to re-enter the same information. This delays processing.
  • When working on questionnaires, you can save them to return to them later. Once the questionnaire is complete, click on Submit.
  • If you need to return to a request, login, and navigate to your User Records.
  • Once you’ve finished the entire request, be sure to click on Submit at the top of the request. When you see the green success bar, that will let you know that your request was successfully submitted.

F-1 Requests Available in the ISSS Portal

  • Change of Level Request
  • Change of Status Request
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Request
  • I-20 Request
  • I-20 Reprint Request
  • Immigration Advising Appointment links
  • New Dependent I-20 Request
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) I-20 Request
  • OPT Employment Update Request
  • Program Extension Request
  • Reduced Course Load Request
  • Severe Economic Hardship I-20 Request
  • SEVIS Status Verification Form Request
  • SEVIS Transfer Out Request
  • SEVIS Reinstatement Request
  • Social Security Number Letter Request
  • STEM Extension Request
  • STEM Employer Update
  • STEM OPT Participation Report Request

Last updated: 8/20/2020