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:

4.3.4 Verification of Lawful Presence

4.1.6 Admission of Persons Not Lawfully Present in the United States

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.

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

How Can the Citizenship Verification Hold be Removed?

A. Verification through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form

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 (and named Georgia State University as a recipient), the U.S. Department of Education will verify your citizenship verification status. If you are not able to be confirmed, the Office of Financial Aid will follow-up with you for additional documentation.

B. Verification through submission of of one of the following documents:

  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570) (copy o.k.)
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561) (copy o.k.)
  • A Certificate of Birth issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) (copy o.k.)
  • A current U.S. passport (copy o.k.)
  • A current driver’s license issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008 (copy o.k.)
  • A current state-issued ID issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008 (copy o.k.)
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)
  • A current military ID (must be brought in person as it is against federal law to make a copy of the ID)
  • A Certified Birth Certificate showing that you were born in the United States or a U.S. Territory (a photocopy is not acceptable. This must be delivered or mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. We are not able to return document).

We will accept photocopies of the first seven types of documents, but a certified birth certificate must be original and a military ID must be brought in person. Copies may be faxed to 404-413-8003 or scanned and emailed to the appropriate admissions counselor listed below. Please include your Panther ID # with your fax or email correspondence. Only one document is required.

If you have specific questions regarding your citizenship verification hold or your documentation, please contact your graduate admissions counselor at the College of Education & Human Development:

C.Verification through the Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS) — F, J, or M visa types or through the  program.

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 at Georgia State University.

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

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.

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 (ACA) applicants are not eligible to attend Georgia State University and certain other colleges and universities with 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