Member-at-large, Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Subcommittee Representative

August 15, 2017 Download pdf


The CAL Subcommittee Representative serves as a member-at-large on the EA RP and is appointed by the vice president for public policy and practice. The CAL Subcommittee of the EA RP Committee is charged with developing relationships with visa officers at international consulates in the United States to clarify visa and immigration procedures and to assist Education Abroad colleagues in the field of international education. The CAL Subcommittee Representative works closely with the CAL Subcommittee Chair to implement CAL activities and goals.

Major Functions

  • Maintains attentiveness to visa regulations affecting students’ participation in education abroad programs by observing, prompting, and participating in online discussions forums and reading
  • Assist the CAL Chair in implementing the CAL Subcommittee goals identified on the EA RP Work Plan.
  • Monitor submissions to EA Visa Help and other listservs to ensure timely responses by CAL subcommittee members. Direct advisers to the NAFSA website and post responses so that they are visible by all interested parties.
  • Monitor CAL subcommittee web pages and workspace for accuracy, update documents, and work with NAFSA staff to ensure resources and information are posted in a timely fashion. Identify new areas for inclusion as necessary.
  • In consultation with the CAL Subcommittee chair, offer input in developing the role of the country coordinators and consular affairs liaisons, structure of the CAL protocol regarding visa responses, and ongoing subcommittee needs.
  • Assist in reviewing the effectiveness of NAFSA communication venues, such as Education Abroad Visa Help, for addressing visa needs from colleagues in the education abroad community.
  • Assist in identifying state-level conferences for CAL proposals and keep NAFSA staff informed so that material can be sent in advance.
  • Assist CAL Subcommittee chair in preparing for CAL presentations at NAFSA annual, regional, and state meetings.
  • Participate in leadership cultivation for the EARP, its subcommittees, and other NAFSA leadership roles.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by EA RP Committee chair.

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