Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA


The annual Spring Immigration Workshop (SIW) is organized by the KC-ISSS Representative and the Government Regulations Advisory Committee (GRAC) of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Region XI. All session presenters are seasoned immigration advising professionals from institutions around New England.


The SIW has sessions for those just entering the field of immigration advising as well as those who have been in the field for many years. There is a strong emphasis on immigration as it affects students and scholars in institutions of higher education.

Registration Information

Registration must be done using the online registration system. In order to register, you must log in using your NAFSA passport (username and password). If you do not already have a NAFSA passport, you will need to create one before you can register. Registration will close on Monday, February 19 or when the workshop reaches capacity, whichever is sooner. SIW often sells out, so please don’t delay in registering.

There will be NO on-site registration for this event. Registration questions can be directed to the SIW Registrar/Region XI KC-ISSS Representative, Amanda Connolly at [email protected].

Registration fees for 2018 are:
NAFSA members - $90
Non-members - $110
Full-time students - $65

Workshop Program and Session Schedule

The complete workshop schedule will be available in early 2018. Topics will include OPT best practices, RMV issues, H-1B trends, and the immigration year in review, among many others. The schedule for the day is as follows:
8:00 – 8:45 AM – Check In
9:00 – 10:30 AM – Morning Session 1
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Morning Session 2
12:15 – 1:40 PM – Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 PM – Afternoon Session 1
3:30 – 5:00 PM – Afternoon Session 2

View the schedule at-a-glance

We will offer an Introduction to F-1 Basics session that is a double morning session (from 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM). Space will be limited to 50 participants, and pre-registration is required. If you would like to attend this session, you must note this in the supplemental questions on the registration form after you select your registration type. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee you a seat in this session. Also, please note that this is not the NAFSA Core Education Program F-1 Advising for Beginners session.

Travel Grants

NAFSA Region XI will be awarding travel grants (a value of up to $150) to a select number of individuals to attend the Spring Immigration Workshop (SIW). In order to be considered for an SIW travel grant, kindly complete the online application form and submit any additional required materials as a single PDF file to the following email address: [email protected] by Monday February 5, 2018. Questions about travel grants should be directed to Lynn Walters Rekhi at [email protected].