The Office of Global Learning is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and shares the mission of developing and supporting global learning activities across the Cornell University community--in Ithaca, New York City, and the world. The office serves all of Cornell's global learners through education abroad programming and by supporting international students and scholars with immigration advising.
The Senior Immigration Advisor, under the general supervision of the Senior Associate Director for Faculty and Scholar Services backs up the Senior Associate Director in all areas of employment-based immigration advising, including; Permanent Residence consultations and case work, interested government agency J-1 waiver petitions, O-1 petitions, complex H1B petitions, and policy interpretation for Cornell hiring units. Answers questions related to immigration status for international faculty, staff, family members and university hiring departments and provides information and/or appropriate referrals relating to a broad range of issues of concern.
Share caseload with Senior Associate Director for Cornell sponsored permanent residence case work. Meet one-on-one with international faculty and scholars and/or hiring unit representatives to plan employment-based immigration support for long term international hires at Cornell. Serve international scholars, students and Cornell hiring departments on a walk-in basis for advisement on immigration, hiring procedures, and compliance matters. Provide employment-based immigration advice and training to hiring units by phone and email, consulting with the Senior Associate Director for Faculty and Scholar Services on complex and sensitive cases. Advise scholars on the two-year home residence requirement; waivers, advisory opinions, timing, and procedures; J-1 12- and 24-month bars; transfers; and extensions; off-campus work permission and "out of country" requests. Keep abreast of current regulations and Cornell policies related to assigned responsibilities.
The Senior Immigration Advisor manages lengthy, multi-step H1B casework, and responds to official USCIS Requests for Evidence. Enters and updates university data and I-9 in Workday, and multiple government data systems, and produces immigration documents which can be very complex, and maintain SEVIS records for J-1 Exchange Visitors; including: DS-2019 forms and related letters for J scholars and I-20 forms for students. Prepare and submit complex immigration documents to federal agencies (DHS & DOL), including H-1B, E-3, O-1, J-1 Student Intern and TN visa status applications; conduct complex analysis of H1b position descriptions for prevailing wage determinations and submit prevailing wage requests to the federal DOL where self-determination is a Cornell compliance risk. Casework involves preparation of forms which can be complex, maintain immigration records, and a Public Inspection File (for the DOL and others); verify foreign national employment eligibility in compliance with U.S. Government regulations.
Collaborate on creation, and co--lead on presenting of federally mandated orientation immigration training workshops for college specific HR and Administrative staff, arrange for make-up orientations; and co-lead bi-weekly orientation training to J1 exchange visitors.
In addition, create orientation materials, web site content and print materials for international faculty and scholars, and hiring departments. Create, edit and develop Sunapsis eforms and templates. Create and present employment-based immigration training workshops for HR and Administrative staff.
This position will alternate on-call duties with the Senior Associate Director.
Bachelors Degree required in a student related field. Two to four years experience in international scholar services, or a closely related field. Good writing and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated service orientation. Demonstrated aptitude in working with desktop computer software packages such as spreadsheets, word processing and database applications. Strong attention to detail and accuracy in preparing official documents. Ability to comprehend government regulatory language.
Ultimately, a rotational schedule for evening and weekend on-call coverage will be required as back-up to the Senior Associate Director for Faculty and Scholar Services. This position requires a background check every two years. Ability to remain calm in the face of a heavy workload. Skilled at dealing with multiple priorities. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population.
Master's degree desirable in related field. Experience working with a diverse international population strongly preferred. Experience with Sunapsis and Workday preferred. Ability to comprehend government regulatory language helpful. International scholar immigration services experience strongly preferred.
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