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Responding to a Natural Disaster Affecting the University

Unanticipated weather conditions can impact the operations of an academic institution. While the crisis may be impacting the entire campus population, there are particular issues that impact an international student or scholar while in the U.S.

Apr 12, 2019
Question & Answer Resource Regarding Enrolling International Minors in Higher Education

January 2019 Sheena Connell, KCISSS International Student Advising (ISTA) Network Leader Shabeer Amirali, IEM KC Admissionsand Credential Evaluation (ACE) Network Leader Many institutions have established or are considering policies for enrolling international minors into degree and non-degree programs without fully preparing

Feb 22, 2019
CAS Standards for International Student Programs

NAFSA is one of 42 associations holding membership in the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The goal of CAS is to establish and promote standards that guide and support student services and programs within higher education.

Sep 21, 2016
Responding to a Crisis in a Student's/Scholar's Home Country Crises in a student's or scholar's home country may be political, social, economic, environmental, or health-related. Floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, political upheaval and war throughout the world can cause enormous stress for those affected. Oct 01, 2015
Comfort Food: Partnering with Dining Services to Enhance the International Student Experience

This resource helps bridge the gap between educators and dining service staff about one of the most important factors of everyday student life - meal plans and student dining. This resource provides over fifteen low-cost suggestions for dining services to incorporate to make the dining hall a more international experience meeting the needs of a diverse student body.  

Aug 18, 2015
Tips for Writing a Useful Government Comment Letter

This resource answers commonly asked questions about responding to draft guidance and provides the International Student and Scholar advising community with guidelines they should consider when submitting comments.

Jul 08, 2015
Live Chat - Infectious Diseases: Campus and Community Preparedness

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there has been tremendous discussion and concern surrounding the spread of infectious diseases.  Through an online, open discussion, participants can share and discuss with each other how this issue is being addressed on their campuses and in their communities. This online discussion will be moderated by members of the NAFSA KC ISSS Crisis Management Subcommittee.

Dec 01, 2014
Live Chat - Targeting International Student Success - Not Just Status!

Participate in an online conversation to learn how several universities have created focused positions, such as academic advisors, in an effort to engage and retain international students. Panelists will discuss how their work focuses on academic needs and campus support services, and assists students to become successful beyond maintaining immigration status. Ideas, practices, and resources will be featured as part of the discussion. Guidance on immigration regulations will not be addressed.

Sep 09, 2014
Health Insurance and Health Care for Your International Students and Scholars This KC-ISSS practice resource provides basic information meant to help advisers address the unique needs of the international community in the context of health insurance and health care. Oct 10, 2013
Live Collegial Conversation - Respond to Crisis Situations with International Students and Scholars

This Collegial Conversation, led by the NAFSA Crisis Management Subcommittee, will focus upon two critical incidents, the death of a student and mental health issues. Through an online discussion, gain insights on how to navigate these sensitive situations. Crisis management strategies, resources, and checklists will be highlighted for your use.

Aug 26, 2013
Supporting Undocumented Students at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education The following is a list of frequently asked questions about how institutional policies and procedures intersect with providing the best information and services for undocumented students. Apr 30, 2013
NAFSA Practice Advisory: Managing the 30-Day Post-Completion OPT Filing Deadline USCIS Service Centers are consistently denying post-completion OPT applications received beyond the regulatory deadline of 30 days after the DSO updated SEVIS with the OPT recommendation. This practice resource describes the issues involved, to help schools implement procedures to ensure that students are aware of this and all OPT filing deadlines. Oct 23, 2012
Immigration Basics: FAQ for Academic Advisors advising International Students ISSS offices may use this template for creating their own institutional FAQ on immigration basics to share with academic advisers who often need to be aware of certain unique advising needs of international students. Tailor the FAQ to your institution and share with those on campus who may meet with international students in an advising capacity. The FAQ could also be tailored to share with admissions office professionals if they have need of basic immigration information. May 24, 2012
Ready or Not, We're Here! The New Generation of Professionals in International Student and Scholar Services This resource will uncover ways to empower ISSS offices to develop a management strategy for working with and providing training and mentoring for these profession als new to the field. May 17, 2011
Date Calculators for Immigration Processing

The Date Calculator for Immigration Processing was a Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) resource developed to assist advisers in determining "validation report" deadlines. The tool was last revised in 2010.

Sep 21, 2010
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