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Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP)

Effective Fall 2011, the Georgia state Board of Regents began requiring that each “selective school” within the University System verify the lawful presence of every successfully admitted student.   As a result, every accepted student to UGA, both domestic and international, will have a ‘flag’ placed on their account until the student is able to verify lawful presence in the U.S.  This is commonly referred to as the “VLP flag”.

Please note: Until a student is able to verify lawful presence by the submission of certain documents, the VLP flag will prevent the student from registering for classes.   

International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status will need to show a valid passport, I-94 card showing an F-1 or J-1 entry notation, and a valid I-20 or DS-2019 form. International students in other visa statuses will be required to show an unexpired I-94 card.  International students not able to show the above documents will need to show a valid passport.  This passport will then be submitted to a central government database for confirmation of lawful presence.

International students who are issued an I-20 form (F-1 visa holders) or DS-2019 form (J-1 visa holders) will have their VLP flag lifted by this office. We cannot remove the flag until the new student completes and immigration check in with our office. Immigration check in is an online process!  30 days before the start of your program, you will be emailed instructions regarding check-in.  You may not check-in until after you have entered the U.S.

Please review our VLP FAQ, here:

More information on the Verification of Lawful Presence requirement can be found on our Admissions websites:

Graduate Admissions Office:

Undergraduate Admissions Office:

Be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding this process by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (706) 542-2900.

Last modified on Monday, 06 July 2015 12:07