Immigration Advisor

Cornell University
  • Location
    Ithaca, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) in the Office of Global Learning is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. As such, it shares the organization’s mission of developing and supporting global activities across the entire Cornell University academic community – in Ithaca, New York City, and the world. ISSO assists international students, academic staff and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and tax and labor regulations; providing counseling on personal, academic and cultural matters; and promoting cross-cultural awareness in the Cornell community.

The Immigration Advisor under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Student Immigration Services, must keep abreast of current government regulations on immigration law and serve as an Advisor on Duty for students and scholars on a walk-in basis. Primary responsibilities of this position are to answer questions related to immigration status for international students, scholars, and their families and to provide information and/or appropriate referrals relating to a broad range of issues of concern to international students and scholars. She/he also serves as federally approved Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer for Cornell University's F (student) and J (exchange visitor) programs, reviewing and signing government documents as an official representative of the university for routine immigration procedures.

Participate in the planning and execution of ISSO on-campus immigration programs that serve both student and scholar populations.

Facilitate accurate and timely student internship work authorizations for Law, Johnson School and ILR students. Coordinate with and train staff from all three schools on immigration requirements pertaining to these applications. Work with Associate Director for Student Immigration Services to ensure proper execution and communication of regulations.

Collaborate with other staff members to produce and update electronic publications, handouts, and other communications (including newsletters, pre-arrival information, and important immigration updates) to current and prospective students and academic staff.


Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required. Minimum of one to two years’ experience in student personnel services, teaching, counseling, overseas development work, or a closely related field. Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills. Strong service orientation. Demonstrated aptitude in working with computer software packages such as desktop publishing, word processing and database applications (e.g. Filemaker). Ability to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ability to interpret government regulatory language helpful. Second language skills highly desirable. International student services experience and familiarity with Cornell University desirable. Proficiency in PeopleSoft .

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