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Senior Compliance Advisor

Intl Students & Scholars Off

Senior Compliance Advisor

  • 532711
  • Morningside
  • Intl Students & Scholars Off
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jan 18 2023
  • Grade 12
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $80,000 - $82,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Senior Compliance Adviser issues required U.S. government documents (forms DS-2019 and I-20) for international students to obtain student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) visas, travel abroad, re-enter the US, and apply for other benefits as appropriate. The SCA will consult with the SEVIS Help Desk and U.S. Customs & Immigration Services to resolve processing or status problems. The incumbent will serve as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO); advises and provides guidance to F-1 and J-1 students regarding their opportunities, rights, and responsibilities related to immigration regulations and university policies; serves as a University liaison, and works directly with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, consular officers, and immigration officials on matters related to non-immigrant foreign students, consults with the Director of Compliance on current federal regulations, policies, the Code of Federal Regulations and secondary references related to complex immigration cases.


  • Processes initial Certificates of Eligibility DS-2019 or I-20 for the J-1 student and F-1 visas, transfers, and change of status applications for incoming international students
  • Monitor information resources regarding non-immigrant visa issues and otherconcerns related to international students in the United States
  • Respond to inquiries from incoming students about requests for Certificates of Eligibility, and non-related immigration matters
  • Follow up with students about incomplete requests for Certificates of Eligibility
  • Advise students on F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations
  • Coordinate J-1 and F-1 SEVIS transfer in with other institutions
  • Process F-1/J-1 SEVIS check-ins
  • Process SEVIS registration for continuing students
  • Support the expanding communications efforts of ISSO
  • Assist in the management and maintenance of the Sunapsis system
  • Run weekly reports from data base to ensure that all requests for cCrtificates of Eligibility are processed in a timely and orderly manner
  • Actively participates in the development and maintenance of team expertise in laws and regulations governing international students, and in advising/informing ISSO staff and University administrators about University policies and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance.
  • Assists the ISSO Data Analyst with preparation of student and scholar reports
  • Participates in the design and implementation of office business practices, services, and education and information programs
  • Participates in ongoing strategic planning, conceptualizing processes, services, and programs; identifying populations; developing content and materials; and working with staff to realize goals and objectives
  • Collaborates with ISSO leadership as needed to ensure proper understanding and application of immigration regulations and University policies. Recommends policy changes in order to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Creates and administers effective quality controls and puts into effect modifications to achieve enhanced customer service taking appropriate initiative and exercising discretion within the scope of assigned duties
  • Designs and presents webinars for students and administrators

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent related experience required
  • Minimum 3 years administering and advising on federal F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations as DSO/ARO in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 student immigration regulations and SEVIS
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills
  • Experience teaching/training/presenting

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in cross-cultural communication, counseling, area or cultural studies, foreign language, or TESOL
  • Fluency in at least one foreign language
  • Experience living abroad
  • Sunapsis experience
  • Familiarity with MS Office and web-based applications
  • Completion of NAFSA F-1 and J-1 Professional Development Programs

Other Requirements

  • U.S. government regulations require that Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officers be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.

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Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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