Immigration Rules and Regulations


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), otherwise known as the INS, have responsibility for non-citizens residing in the United States. USCIS administers the various laws on immigration, which are passed by Congress and signed into law by the U.S. President.

The international students attending Atlanta Metropolitan State College enter the United States as a non-immigrant on a student (F-1) visa. A non-immigrant is a person who comes to the United States for a temporary period of time in order to engage in a specific activity, which is authorized by the Citizenship and Immigration Services. A non-immigrant, as opposed to an immigrant, may not remain in the United States permanently.

The Student's Responsibility. As an international student enrolled at AMSC you are responsible for knowing the legal regulations, and adhering to these rules as it relates to your stay in the U.S. It is also your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid that you are enrolled full-time at AMSC, and you must meet any other requirements for maintaining a legal status in the U.S.

The College's Responsibility. AMSC, specifically the Office of International Student Services (OISS), maintains a legal responsibility to students for whom the college has issued an I-20. There is an advisor available in the OISS to assist in keeping available most of the immigration forms students might need for assistance regarding the benefits for which they are eligible.

The OISS is not an Immigration Office and does not operate as an "enforcer" for USCIS. However, the office is required to follow the policies and procedures deemed essential by USCIS. The OISS will not violate the regulations that grant institutions permission to issue documents for F-1 students.