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International Student Services (ISS) has an outstanding opportunity for an International Student Advisor. ISS, a unit within the Enrollment Management, supports the Provost as well as the University of Washington community.
ISS serves over 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and exchange international students in F-1 and J-1 status. These students contribute to the institution's academic and research objectives and enhance the rich diversity and global character of the university. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for International Student Services and as part of the student services team, the International Student Advisor advises international students on the benefits and restrictions of their immigration status, provides guidance on maintaining F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions, helps process immigration benefits, helps the student navigate university policy and resources and understand F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions to ensure compliance with immigration regulations, and promotes the values of international educational exchange.
The ISS advisor advises international students on regulations and University policies related to their non-immigrant visa status to help students comply with federal immigration regulations, policies, and procedures. The advisor also serves as a Designated School Official as approved by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The ISS advisor assists international students maintain legal non-immigrant status while enrolled at the University.
The ISS advisor must maintain and update student records in ISSM, SEVIS, and UW student databases to ensure University compliance with U.S. federal immigration rules, regulations, and policies. The ISS advisor must understand and implement institutional policies and protocols allowing international students at the UW to accomplish their academic goals and ensuring the University is compliant with all federal regulations.
• Advise international students through email, appointments, and phone calls on F-1 and J-1 regulations and University policies regarding their visa status to assist students in maintaining legal status while enrolled at the UW. • Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for F-1 students. • Maintain F-1 student records in the ISSM, SEVIS, and UW student databases. • Create, issue, and update I-20 documents. • Assess eligibility for and authorize benefits related to F-1 status. • Adhere to ISS best practices to ensure university and student compliance. • Conduct educational training curriculum through in person and online workshops, information sessions, web content, and other informational materials. • Serve as a resource and liaison with campus partners to provide outreach and training on immigration restrictions and regulations. • Attend regional or national workshops and conferences as budget allows. • Monitor developments in F-1 regulations and coordinate with other ISS staff on updating procedural changes or regulatory practices. • Help advise and process benefits for international students on J visas as needed. • Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor's degree • Minimum 2 years of experience advising international students • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience with public speaking or presenting to individuals from a variety of backgrounds. • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and with a diverse student population. • Ability to learn, understand, and communicate complex immigration regulations as well as university policy. • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills. • Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple deadlines simultaneously. • Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• 3-4 years of experience as an International Student Advisor at a college or university. • Experience as a SEVIS approved Designated School Official or Alternate Responsible Officer. • Experience using the SEVIS information system and ISSM or other third party immigration software. • Demonstrated commitment to the field of international education.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
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