Functional Area  : International Student & Scholar Advising 

Alternate names: ISSS, Immigration Advising, ISSO  

Titles of positions in the department:  

  1. Administrative Assistant* 
  2. International Student & Scholar Advisor*
  3. Senior International Student & Scholar Advisor 
  4. (Assistant Director) 
  5. Associate Director
  6. Director 

Entry level job titles: (Indicate with an *) 

Primary Functions:

An International Student Advising /Services Office office generally serves as the primary advising office for international students and scholars on F-1 and J-1 visas. The office advises current and prospective students and scholars (via email, telephone, in person) on federal regulations, policy, and processes on a variety of topics: travel and re-entry to the U.S., work authorization, and visa status changes. The office is responsible for compliance through maintaining records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The office generally has a programming role, including organizing orientation for new international studets, immigration-related information sessions, cross-cultural programs and trainings for students, faculty, and staff, as well as events celebrating international themes and holidays.  

Competencies or job functions specific skills : 

Knowledge of F-1 & J-1 visa categories (along with other federal immigration regulation and policy)  

Understanding American culture through an internatonal lens.

Written and oral (intercultural) communication skills 

Attention to detail 

Fluency in multiple languages (encouraged )

Organizational structures: 

Many offices are housed in the Division of Student Affairs At other institutions, the International Students and Scholars Services office may be housed in Academic Affairs.  

Degrees /Special skills   

Master’s Degree in Higher Education/ International Education/ International Higher Education/ Intercultural Relations or related fields 

Trainings/ Certifications in F-1 & J-1 visa categories   

Professional Associations

NAFSA: https://www.nafsa.org

IIE https://www.iie.org