Under the supervision of the Senior Associate Director for Compliance, the Compliance Adviser delivers immigration services to the international student community at the Morningside campus. The incumbent works in the day-to-day operations of the fast-paced Compliance team related to the international student population. Specifically, the incumbent acts as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to issue required US government documents to international students in order to obtain student or exchange visitor visas abroad and re-enter the US successfully; advises on opportunities, rights, and responsibilities under the immigration laws of the United States, and confers with other departments, legal counsel, or governmental agencies as necessary; advises international students on all immigration matters related to their student status in the US. Additional duties as assigned by the Senior Associate Director for Compliance.
Works in the day-to-day operations of the Compliance team related to the international student population.
Acts as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in issuing required US government documents for international students to obtain appropriate F-1 or J-1 visas.
Advises and provides guidance to F-1 and J-1 students related to their opportunities, rights, and responsibilities on immigration regulations and university policies, including maintaining their legal status.
Evaluates immigration documents and academic records to determine students??? eligibility for required Certificates of Eligibility.
Serves as a University liaison and works directly with the State Department, US Department of Homeland Security, consular officers, and immigration officials on matters relating to non-immigrant foreign students as needed.
The incumbent serves as a Designated School Official (DSO) and/or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) to review and authorize F-1 Student and/or J-1 Exchange Visitor requests for immigration-related transactions and documents.
The incumbent actively participates in the development and maintenance of team expertise in laws and regulations governing international students, and in advising/informing ISSO staff and University administrators about University policies and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance.
Issues required Certificates of Eligibility for incoming international students to obtain student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) visas, travel abroad, re-enter the U.S. and apply for related immigration benefits as appropriate.
The incumbent complies with federal SEVIS reporting and record-keeping requirements including STEM and Optional Practical Training reporting.
Maintains and enhances in-depth knowledge of US immigration regulations and school policies as they affect international students and evaluates complex regulations as they apply to individual cases.
Refers students to the appropriate campus and community resources as needed, including immigration attorneys, tax professionals, admissions officers, Student Health Services, housing, CUIT, Student Financial Services, etc.
Responds to general and specific questions, inquiries, and correspondence from incoming and current international students and their academic departments.
Acts as a liaison to departments to inform administrative staff of regulatory and office policy updates.
Consults with the SEVIS Response Center and U.S. Customs & Immigration Services to resolve processing or status problems. Consults with the Senior Associate Director for Compliance on current federal regulations, policies, secondary references, and more complex immigration cases.
Communicates with federal immigration officials on behalf of Columbia's F and J student population as may be required.
Works on Sunapsis-related projects.
Cultivates a professional presence within ISSO and in the field through local and national partnerships and associations, and participates in regional and national international education conferences and meetings.
The Compliance Adviser performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned/requested.
Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, Management, Communications, or Education or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of two years??? relevant immigration regulation advisement and compliance experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 student immigration regulations and SEVIS.
Experience as an international student adviser and Designated School Official and/or Alternate Responsible Officer in an international student/scholar office in college or university required.
Working knowledge of Sunapsis.
Superior organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
Master's degree in cross-cultural communication, counseling, area or cultural studies, foreign language, international education, or TESOL.
Three years experience administering an advising federal F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations as DSO/AROin a higher education setting.
Experience with ServiceNow.
Fluency in at least one foreign language; experience living abroad; completion of NAFSA F-1 and J-1 Professional Development Programs.
U.S. government regulations require that Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officers be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents.
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