Immigration Specialist

Rank: Admin III
Search Number: S21-024
Job Posted: 02/07/2022


Southern Connecticut State University is seeking a dynamic individual for the Immigration Specialist position within the Office of International Education.  As an intentionally diverse and student-centered university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good. Founded as a teachers’ college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive university offering 114 graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

The Immigration Specialist provides support services to inbound J and H Visa international students and faculty (and dependents), as well as risk management advising for outbound study abroad students and faculty.

Position Responsibilities

Develops systems for providing and tracking all immigration paperwork relative to J-1 Exchange Visitors.

Maintains updated records in SEVIS for all J-1 Exchange Visitors. Produces all SEVIS reports for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, including annual reports and redesignation applications.

Reviews and processes all paperwork relative to the initial issuance of all DS-2019s for J-1 Exchange Visitors.

Provides necessary immigration advising for J-1 Exchange Visitors both before entry in the U.S., after port-of-entry arrival, and for the duration of their stay (in J status) in the U.S.

Serves as the University’s H-1B liaison and adviser, and processes all H-1B petitions for the University’s non- immigrant resident faculty.

Supports the OIE in all student-based initiatives. Works with OIE staff to increases campus and community awareness and support for the University’s international initiatives.

Assists with overseas student risk management programs and updates faculty course abroad manuals as directed.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.


Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. Two years’ experience interacting with international students and faculty in a university environment, good organizational skills, significant computer literacy and excellent organizational and communication skills required. Knowledge of SEVIS, J-Visa immigration issues, H visa immigration issues, and risk management in international study strongly preferred. Must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.

International experience, competency in at least one foreign language and knowledge of at least one foreign culture preferred. An equivalent combination of credential and/or experience may also be considered.

These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.


For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume, and 3 professional references with contact information to Ina Marshall at by Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.



Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.