International Student

What is the status of the Exchange Visitor Program?

Updated June 16, 2021

Effective March 1, 2021, OIE is accepting requests for unpaid J-1 visitors with start dates of July 15, 2021, or later. Program start dates are subject to any travel and health restrictions that may be placed on visitors at the federal, local, or campus levels. Program start dates may also need to be revised as public health guidance changes.

All Georgia Tech Faculty Hosts inviting new exchange visitors must be physically present on campus to supervise exchange experiences. New Exchange Visitors should be entering the U.S. to participate in on-campus exchange program activities, and not entering the U.S. for the purpose of remote experiences.  

Exchange Visitors visiting the U.S. at this time and host departments should be aware of the current challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and be prepared to make changes as needed. Some of the current challenges to be aware of are:  

  • Covid-19 cases remain active in Georgia. Please see the Georgia Department of Public Health Covid-19 Daily Status Report for current data.
  • U.S. entry restrictions remain in place for several countries. Please review the CDC’s U.S. entry restrictions for additional information, available here.
  • U.S. visa interview wait times may be significantly delayed. Please see the U.S. Department of State’s current estimated visa interview wait times available here.
  • Travel requirements vary by country and international travelers should perform research to determine if they will be subject to any entry restrictions or quarantines in their path of travel. For U.S. travel requirements, please review the CDC guidance available here

The Social Security Administration and the Georgia Department of Driver Services have reduced availability for appointments, leading to longer than wait times for Social Security cards and Georgia driver licenses.

We encourage you to contact with any questions regarding the information above. Please review the OIE Covid-19 Exchange Visitor FAQ for more information on Covid-19 and the Exchange Visitor Program.


Are affiliates, Tech Temps, and contract staff eligible to receive the vaccine?

Updated May 30, 2021

Affiliates, Tech temps, temps, and contract staff are also eligible to receive the vaccine on campus. These employees have received Georgia Tech Guest Account credentials to login to to sign up for a vaccination appointment. The Help Desk (404.385.5555) is also able to help these workers navigate the signup process. At this time, Georgia Tech is not extending vaccine appointments to family members of affiliates, Tech temps, temps, and contract staff. 

Members of the extended community are encouraged to search for state and local health providers for scheduling a vaccination appointment. More information is available at


I currently cannot find available vaccination appointment slots at How can I be notified about available appointments?

We will continue to open appointments as additional vaccine becomes available.

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Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?

Updated May 30, 2021

Georgia Tech is administering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to faculty, staff, and students as well as their spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children ages 12 years and older. 

This announcement does not affect those who have already been declared eligible to receive the vaccine. 

View the current vaccine criteria

These family members will need a temporary Georgia Tech Guest Account to use the vaccine appointment portal. Instructions: How to Create a Georgia Tech Guest Account for Your Family Member

A parent or legal guardian must accompany dependent children ages 12 and older to their vaccination appointment. 


What percentage of the population needs to get vaccinated to get herd immunity?

According to the CDC, experts don’t yet know the percentage for Covid-19. We do know that, as more people are protected, the harder it will be for the disease to spread from person to person. Herd immunity also protects those who cannot be vaccinated, like newborns.


Will I still need to be tested for Covid-19 after I receive both doses and am fully vaccinated?

Updated Jan. 6, 2022

For fully vaccinated people with Covid-19 symptoms: 
Yes, get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. Recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that fully inoculated individuals (and it has been less than 6 months since completing your primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or less than 2 months since your J&J vaccine), or individuals who have received a booster dose of vaccine, should still watch out for symptoms of Covid-19, especially if they have been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.  

For fully vaccinated and boosted people with no Covid-19-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19:  
Recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state if you’ve been around someone who has Covid-19, you should get tested 5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask when around others for 10 days following exposure. You should isolate for 5 days if your test result is positive. At Georgia Tech, all students and employees are encouraged to participate in weekly asymptomatic Covid-19 testing.

Fully vaccinated people with no Covid-19-like symptoms and no known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19: 
At Georgia Tech, weekly asymptomatic Covid-19 testing is available to all students and employees. You may participate in regular testing even if you have been fully vaccinated. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please  book a test for symptomatic students

Those who have not been vaccinated: 
Continue to participate in surveillance testing on a weekly basis. At this time, Georgia Tech will continue to offer free campus surveillance testing to all members of the community who would like to participate. Learn more about campus testing sites and hours

Where can I find information about the Covid-19 vaccine?

Learn how the vaccine works, see eligibility requirements, make an appointment, and view frequently asked questions here: Covid-19 Vaccines at Georgia Tech.


What health documentation is required for international air passengers traveling to the United States?

According to the CDC, and effective Jan. 26, all air passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents ages 2 years and older, are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline.

If you have had a positive viral test in the past three months and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating you have been cleared for travel.

Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or recovery from Covid-19 and medical clearance to travel.

We encourage everyone traveling to the U.S. to review the CDC guidance and consult your airline with any questions in advance of your flight.



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