The International Student and Scholar Advisor is an active member of the International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) and advises a heavy caseload of F1 and J1 visa students on legal matters which affect their maintenance of non-immigrant student status. The ISS Advisor is responsible for applying federal regulatory parameters to determine whether non-immigrant student and exchange faculty members are compliant with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) regulations. This position serves as a university "Designated School Official" (DSO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as an "Alternate Responsible Officer" (ARO) for the U.S. Department of State's J 1 Exchange Visitor Program, both of which require U.S. permanent residency or U.S. citizenship for such designation. The ISS Advisor works as part of a team to provide high quality support services to international students and scholars including orientation, support with cultural adjustment and a successful engagement with the DePaul community.
Responsibilities & Duties
Advise heavy caseload of F 1 and J 1 non-immigrant students on maintenance of non-immigrant legal status which affects eligibility to obtain visas at U.S. Embassies worldwide, lawfully enroll and work, and travel internationally without incident.
Educate students on the importance of maintaining lawful status and the possible consequences for non-compliance, including arrest, detainment, deportation, and inability to enter the U.S. after travel abroad.
Serve as Designated School Official (DSO) on record with DHS and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) on record with the Department of State as responsible for carrying out federally mandated responsibilities on behalf of the University.
Regularly process applications for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Academic Training (AT).
Manage and conduct portions of ISS quarterly orientations for all incoming F1 and J1 students on topics related to maintenance of lawful status, university resources, and academic issues.
Work with ISS team members to provide programs that assist international students and scholars to adjust to life in the U.S., and assist with educating faculty, staff and domestic students on matters related to international student issues.
Advocate for students with the following federal agencies: U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of State (DOS), and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Liaise with internal university stakeholders including College Academic Advising Offices, Dean of Students Office, Academic Programs and Admitting units.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Minimum of 18 months of experience in international education or a related field.
Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of U.S. federal law governing non-immigrant students and scholars.
Must have excellent analytical, interpretive, and problem solving skills.
Ability to work under pressure and successfully manage a heavy caseload in a deadline driven environment.
Must have excellent cross cultural communication skills as well as proven experience working with diverse populations.
Excellent organizational and time management skills and experience determining priorities effectively while adhering to deadlines is necessary.
Strong communication skills including writing, speaking/presenting.
Must possess strong attention to detail.
Ability to successfully work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.
Must have a strong internal initiative with ability to independently complete, review and report on work tasks.
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