Verification Of Lawful Presence Policy Information

University System of Georgia Residency Policy

The following policies of the state of Georgia Board of Regents take effect for all incoming students to the University of Georgia beginning fall 2011.


4.3.4 Verification of Lawful Presence

Each University System institution shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted person applying for resident tuition status and of every person admitted to an institution referenced in Section 4.1.6 of this Policy Manual.

4.1.6 Admission of Persons Not Lawfully Present in the United States

A person who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible for admission to any University System institution which, for the two most recent academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants (except for cases in which applicants were rejected for non-academic reasons).

Based on these policies, an enrollment flag will prevent enrollment for anyone who has been admitted, but has not provided proof of lawful presence.

Instructions for providing proof of lawful presence:

If you have already completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and named UGA as a recipient, then you may not need to take further action. Students who are either U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (does not apply to international students on a visa) for federal student aid purposes can submit a FAFSA.

If you are not currently a U.S. citizen and you are not residing in the U.S. or if you are present in the U.S. as an immigrant on a visa, we will be able to confirm your lawful presence through the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS) for students on an F, J or M visa or the Systematic Alien verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. The documents you provided prior to your official acceptance at UGA should be sufficient for this.

If you are not an immigrant on a visa, do not submit a FAFSA or the FAFSA process does not confirm your citizenship status, you will need to provide citizenship documentation to us. The following documents may be used for verification purposes. We will accept photocopies of the first eight types of documents, but a certified birth certificate must be original. Only one document is required.

·       A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570)

·       A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561)

·       A Certificate of Birth issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)

·       A current U.S. passport

·       A current driver’s license issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008

·       A current state-issued ID issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008

·       A current military ID, submitted in person (service member only, not dependent)

·       A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)

·       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 the Registrar. We are not able to return these documents.

Mail or fax documentation for verification of lawful presence to:

Office of the Registrar

Holmes/Hunter Academic Building

Athens, GA 30602-6113

Fax: 706-583-8162

This requirement applies to all newly admitted students at the University of Georgia beginning Fall 2011 including students who have been previously enrolled at UGA and are returning to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. If you have specific questions regarding your registration flag or your documentation, please contact via your UGA email account.