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International Student

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 18, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, International Programs
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Full Time
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International Student & Scholar Advisor

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director within the Office of Global Services, the International Student and Scholar Advisor (ISSA) coordinates advising needs and student caseloads of OGS teams and, as DSO and ARO, provides advising services to international students and scholars regarding visa and SEVIS-related regulations and compliance.


The ISSA identifies and gauges the constantly changing peak schedules and needs of the functions of OGS teams and advises the managers and Director of Compliance and Services to allocate cross-team resources to maximize teams' workflow, efficiency, and capacity. The ISSA advises international students in F-1 and J-1 visa classification and scholars in all aspects of SEVIS regulations to ensure maintenance of their non-immigrant status and advises them on a wide range of immigration and SEVIS regulations. Interprets F-1 and J-1 visa regulations to ensure compliance, and provide counseling and advising support to international students and scholars on immigration related matters, and other support issues. The ISSA supports students and scholars in F-1 and J-1 non-immigrant status in the area of immigration regulations and SEVIS procedures related to training and employment. Offers guidance to NU academic departments and key contacts on regulatory requirements, institutional policies, and OGS protocols. Participates in processing and data collections required by SEVIS. Advises students on Curricular Practical Training (CPT), OPT (Optional Practical Training), Academic Training (AT), program extensions and STEM extensions, among other functions. Advises students regarding obtaining social security numbers; and communicates with Co-op Advisors and students as needed. The ISSA maintains updated knowledge in SEVIS advising and in federal regulations and procedures in order to train others on subjects pertinent to SEVIS regulations. Participates in planning and implementing orientation programs as they pertain to immigration authorization and initial review of F and J regulations with new students. In addition, as part of the OGS team, the ISSA collaborates with students, scholars, and other offices at Northeastern to enhance the global network of the university. Actively contributes to developing, designing, and implementing programs and systems needed to support and enrich the international students' experience at Northeastern. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a field related to international education, social sciences, or humanities. Knowledge of immigration regulations and experience in working international students/scholars. Ability and willingness to multitask and adopt the Northeastern fast-paced innovative model of work. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work independently and as a team member. Capable of working well with students in holistic advising on regulations and policies. Familiarity with batching systems highly preferred. Prior study/work abroad or other living experience overseas is helpful, along with knowledge of a second or third language. Strong intercultural communication and interpersonal skills, highly developed organizational abilities and systems management experience are crucial. US citizenship or lawful permanent residency required.

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Additional Information:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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