Immigration Concept’s "Fundamentals of Foreign Student Advising" seminar is our flagship program. This three day seminar, held each April, is designed for F-1 and M-1 Designated School Officials, managers responsible for DSO activity, or other professionals seeking a greater understanding of F-1 or M-1 regulatory issues. This is the most comprehensive seminar in the field and provides intensive, carefully structured training in the basics of immigration regulations and immigration procedures. Hand-outs and reference materials are provided that each participant will want to keep at their finger-tips when they return to the office.
Immigration Concept’s strives to teach “why” at every step and provides training that is 100% job-related. You will be taught that information must be evaluated critically, not merely accepted. You will learn how to critically evaluate immigration information for yourself and you will return to your office equipped to solve problems. You will be challenged and you will leave with a greater understanding of your job.
Fundamentals of Foreign Student Advising Curriculum:
- Definition of important terms
- Immigration statuses
- Immigration forms
- Pertinent regulations
Student Rights and Confidentiality
- What documentation must you keep
- What information can/should be given out
Issuing Form I-20
- What is an I-20?
- Who is eligible for an I-20?
- Who can sign the form?
- Item by item guide to completion
- When must a new I-20 be issued
- Replacing a lost form I-20
- I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
- Purpose of form I-94
- When is it issued?
- Replacing a lost form
Obtaining a Visa and Entering The USA
- Rules for eligibilty
- Authority of consuls
- How to advise students
- Visa “renewals”
- Canadians and visa exempt aliens
- Forms and security checks
- US Visit System
Student Travel and Re-entry
- New I-20 or not?
- When to check finances
- Re-entry endorsements
- Checking the visa
- Neighboring countries and adjacent islands
- Form I-515A
- Duration of status
- Grace periods
- Full-time enrollment
- School transfer
- Change of academic levels
- Program extension
- Change of status to F-1
- Special registration requirements
- Change of address requirements
- What is a status violation?
- Reinstatement to status
- What is an overstay?
- What is unlawful presence?
- Income Tax filing requirements
- What constitutes becoming a public charge
Student Employment Options
- On-Campus Employment
- Off-Campus Employment
- Optional/Curicular Practical Training
- Severe Economic Hardship/Special Student Relief
- Employment authorization document
- Filing procedures/fees
Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
- What is SEVIS?
- What data does SEVIS require?
- How data can be transmitted to DHS
- How to use SEVIS
- Who must pay the SEVIS fee
- How to pay the SEVIS fee
- Developing an effective SEVIS implementation strategy
- Update on SEVIS II rules and timelines
Advising Students In Other Statuses
- Our legal and ethical responsibilities
- The concept of “principle activity”
- Dependents vs. Principles
- When must dependents change to student status?
- Undocumented aliens
Tips On Advising International Students
- The role of the DSO
- Developing an effective orientation program
- Keeping students informed about changing regulations
Developing an International Strategic Enrollment Plan
- Essential components of a plan
- How to best request funding
- Measuring your success