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1 The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities International Student Offices: What Administrators Should Know Kris Kaplan, Deputy General Counsel Minnesota State Colleges and Universities CAAO, CSAO and Deans Meeting October 2012

2 International Student Offices  What goes on in there?  Why it is important for administrators to understand their activities.  How administrators can (and must) support their ISOs.

3 Authorization Certification C/Us that wish to enroll international students in F-1, M-1, and J- 1 status must apply for authorization; process requires certification that it will, among other things:  Agree to meet all regulatory requirements;  Employ an adequate number of properly trained staff to oversee and administer the program.

4 Get to Know Your DSO  Each campus at which an foreign international student can be enrolled must have a Primary Designated Student Official (PDSO) and may have up to nine DSOs.  President appoints PDSO = campus SEVIS rep;  Regulations require all DSOs to be employees and citizens or LPRs. All DSOs must certify that they are familiar with applicable immigration regs and intend to comply.

5 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System  DSOs are authorized users of SEVIS – the web-based information system for tracking and monitoring schools and international students in F, M, and J visa status  Under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in DHS, and considered to be part of the overall border protection strategy

6 International Student Office Roles  Primary liaison and advisor to foreign international students seeking admission or already enrolled;  Main contact with US government departments re: foreign national students: State Department; Department of Homeland Security and others;  Ensure school remains eligible to admit foreign international students and compliant with SEVIS reporting and recordkeeping regulations.

7 Risky Business  Immigration regs cite 18 grounds on which c/u may lose its ability to admit foreign international students, and most relate to activities of International Student Office.  Incorrect advice or reporting determinations may affect student’s current and future ability to live, work or study in the US.

8 F-1 Basics  Most common immigration status for foreign national students; to obtain visa, must show:  Accepted by authorized school;  Sufficient funds to cover costs for at least 12 mos;  System-required health insurance  Intent to return home at end of studies;  Sufficient English proficiency and intends to pursue full course of study. ISO reviews application and if acceptable, issues I-20 Form, which is used to apply for visa.

9 F-1 Basics  Admitted for “duration of status,” i.e.:  Pursuing full course of study  Generally 12 semester credits per term  Not more than 3 per term are online  DSO must authorize reduced load.  Generally, may work only 20 hours per week during regular semester (more during breaks)  On-campus, unless DSO authorizes exception, or  CPT or OPT (following program completion).

10 F-1 and SEVIS  DSOs required to maintain records and report certain information about F-1 students through SEVIS  Some reporting required within 21 days of event, e.g.: fail to maintain status, name or address change, discipline based on criminal conviction;  Some required within 30 days of school’s last registration date, e.g.: fail to enroll

11 M-1 Status  Visa classification issued to students who wish to pursue non- academic course of study (e.g. certificate or vocational program).  School must be authorized to enroll;  Course (including practical training) cannot exceed 12 months;  Qualifications similar to F-1, students must pursue full course of study. Not for language training program.

12 J-1 Status  Short-term students or scholars;  School must be authorized through State Department – participants typically sponsored by governmental entity (US and/or foreign);  Most subject to two-year home country physical presence after course completed (or waiver required)  Education for Global Learning (EGL) – system consortium for sponsoring J-1 students/scholars

13 Risk Management Given the breadth, scope and diversity of its work, ISO needs administrative support to avoid liability.  Ensure that DSOs have sufficient resources and training, e.g.:  Web-based training at:  NAFSA Adviser’s Handbook  Minnesota International Educators (MIE)

14 Risk Management  Do DSOs understand responsibilities to c/u and how to handle potential conflicts with student’s interests?  Do DSOs understand how to access system legal advice from OGC/AGO?  Do DSOs understand potential consequences of acting outside scope of their duties? Do they know when to refer students to immigration attorneys or others?

15 Other Resources  Tips for International Educators handout, Bruce Gawtry, UMN  Law Enforcement FAQs handout, Kris Kaplan, OGC  NAFSA Code of Ethics

16 Current Issues  Re-certification   Accreditation of ESL Programs  If c/u operates, must just show that program falls under umbrella of programs for which accreditation approved


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