GEO is here to help you succeed.

We understand that, as an international student, you have a lot more to worry about than your domestic counterparts. Our primary goal is to ensure you maintain valid F/J immigration status.

GEO's International Student Services (ISS) staff serve as Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 students or Responsible Officer (ROs) for J-1 students. The DSO/RO is your primary source for information on immigration rules and regulations. Another responsibility of the DSO/RO is to keep your record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) up-to-date, which is mandatory under U.S. federal law. To do this, we require your help.

Stay in touch with GEO. You need our approval if you are...

  • Changing your major, program, degree or educational level
  • Transferring to a new school
  • Withdrawing from school or taking a leave of absence
  • Dropping below full-time enrollment (12 hours for undergraduate and 9 hours for graduate)
  • Traveling outside of the U.S.
  • Moving to a new address
  • Working in the U.S.
  • Unable to complete your degree by Program End Date

This list is not comprehensive. For more specific information, take a look at the following sections about maintaining your visa status, including work authorization and guidance on travel.