The George Mason University, Office of International Programs and Services invites applications for the International Advisor for Employment-Based Visas position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Office of International Programs:
To build global awareness at Mason and in the local community, the Office of International Programs and Services develops and implements programs to integrate international students, researchers, and faculty into the campus and the community. The office provides guidance to students and scholars studying and working at George Mason University in immigration, employment and taxation; assists with adjustment issues; and fosters cross-cultural understanding through programs highlighting global themes. OIPS also collaborates in policy development on matters related to immigration, international tax, cross-cultural communication, or international educational exchange.
About the Position:
This position implements processes for employment-based immigration services at George Mason University. The advisor assists in compliance responsibilities and consults with academic and administrative units on matters related to employment-based immigration. The advisor prepares and processes documents to fulfill the University's regulatory responsibilities. The advisor also serves as an Alternate Responsible Officer and provides back-up for the University's exchange visitor program.
Provide guidance to academic units and faculty members on matters related to employment-based immigration processes, including H-1B, E3, O, TN, and LPR;
Conduct research, interpret, and apply federal and institutional regulations and policies related to employment-based immigration;
Prepare and submit to USCIS employment-based immigration petitions and related documents, including Form I-129 and, when necessary, response to RFE (Request for Evidence);
Submit Labor Condition Applications (LCA) and Prevailing Wage Determinations (PWD) requests to the US Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification;
Consult with the University's outside immigration counsel when necessary; plan and implement workshops with attorneys for nonimmigrant students, faculty, and University administrators;
Serve as J-1 Alternate Responsible Officer;
Ensure continuity of operations during periods when the University is closed by monitoring emails, and attending to incoming documents and messages from federal agencies to ensure timely filing and response to RFE's (compensatory time is provided);
Fulfill other duties related to the international service mission of the unit, as assigned by the supervisor.
Master's degree or above;
Ability to research and analyze information, including government documents and federal regulations, to solve problems;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong writing ability, presentation skills, and ability to communicate effectively to non-native speakers of English;
Experience in managing projects and achieving objectives in settings where successful collaboration is essential to the effort;
Ability to relate well to individuals from diverse cultural, social and educational backgrounds;
Ability to balance competing priorities and meet deadlines in a high-pressure environment;
Ability to meet federal requirements for serving as an Alternate Responsible Officer in the J-1 exchange visitor program.
2-3 years professional experience related to law, immigration, higher education, or human resources;
Familiarity with federal regulations governing nonimmigrants in higher education.
Salary: commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49724
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.