INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR ADVISOR
Duties: Advise international students, scholars, faculty, administrators, and staff and Penn community in person, by phone, and via electronic mail regarding federal immigration and employment regulations, Penn resources, and personal/cultural matters. Perform case analysis, prepare and file Prevailing Wage Determination Requests and Labor Condition Applications with the U.S. Department of Labor, and I-129s with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including any follow-up, tracking, and responding to time-sensitive audits and requests for (additional) evidence. In addition to H-1Bs, process and file applications with USCIS and/or DOL for E-3s and TNs. Advise and provide information and guidance to Penn departments (including the University of Pennsylvania Health System) on regulations and policies related to nonimmigrant status (F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, E-3, O-1, B-1/B-2, etc.). Administer F and J programs as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). Also represent the University in applications/communications with federal, state, and local agencies, including Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of State, PennDOT, Social Security Administration, etc. Create, develop, and implement integration services, workshops, and programming for international students, scholars, employees, and hiring/hosting departments, such as welcoming new international student events, integrating international students to the Penn community and ISPP (International Spouse and Partners at Penn) programs, etc. Create, revise, and review written communications, including handouts, forms, web pages, social media posts and letters related to advising and programs.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required; a master's degree preferred, with 2 to 3 years of directly related work experience or equivalent combination of work experience and education. Knowledge and demonstrated experience working with SEVIS and immigration regulations pertaining to F-1, J-1, H-1B, Permanent Residence, TN, E-3, O-1, B-1/B-2, etc. Demonstrated ability to learn and understand ever-changing complex federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to foreign nationals and effectively communicate to others. Ability to work efficiently with students, faculty, university administrators, and government officials. Excellent customer service skills, and interpersonal and written communication skills. Excellent organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Ability to multitask, meet urgent deadlines, and adapt to changing demands and priorities. Ability to work independently as well as contribute and collaborate effectively as a member of a team. U.S. federal regulations require an ARO and DSO to be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Experience with employment-based immigrant petitions desired. Proficient knowledge of SEVIS system, Microsoft suite and various social media tools such as Prezi, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Reference Number: 62-27649
Salary Grade: 026
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: International Student and Scholar Services
Job Family: G-Student Services