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Please sign up for the course before registration end date. All end dates are final due to migrations of cohorts into the courses.

In response to numerous inquiries, we are offering early access to the e-Learning Courses. If you have signed up for Cohort E (originally May 1), we will grant access starting April 15. This will provide everyone currently engaged in telework with an opportunity to enroll in e-Learning Courses without having to wait until May.

This newly updated four-week, self-guided e-Learning course will lead participants towards developing a comprehensive and nuanced approach to improve their F-1 advising. Through real-world case studies, participants will gain skills to advise international students through the complexities of resolving status issues such as correcting errors, addressing visa and entry issues, supporting change of status, managing terminations and reinstatements, and more.

Special bonus: Participants will receive access to the NAFSA Adviser's Manual 360 for the duration of the course.

Who Should Register?

This is an intermediate-level course. In order to successfully apply the complex skills that are covered in this course, participants must have some prior advising experience or formal training. The content builds on the foundational competence that is gained from completing the “F-1 Advising: Getting Started” e-Learning course or the “F-1 Beginners” Core Education Program (CEP) Workshop, or formal on-the-job training.

Please purchase this course with your credit card through the NAFSA Shop. Please note that we are no longer able to process paper registrations and payments submitted via fax due to strict stay-at-home orders recently issued for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Course Objectives

  • Identify, interpret, and apply relevant law and government policy within your institutional and legal roles.
  • Inform F-1 students of necessary actions to maintain status and obtain benefits.
  • Assist new and continuing F-1 students with situations that affect academic success and intercultural adjustment.
  • Coordinate with campus partners to provide services and resources for F-1 students.
Module 1: Ensuring Compliance: Regulations, Interpretation, and Institutional Policy
  • Review guidance from government agencies to support student and institutional compliance
  • Identify relevant factors within the regulations that will reveal “gray areas” and require interpretation
  • Describe why institutional policy and practice can vary among institutions in the application of the regulations
  • Discuss the ethical application of your advising role in the context of regulatory compliance
Module 2: Visa and Admission to the U.S. Issues
  • Guide students planning to travel while on OPT, during an active transfer, or with USCIS actions pending
  • Help students prepare for travel to third countries including participation in study abroad
  • Provide guidance to F-1 students who are bringing F-2 dependents.
  • Support students experiencing visa denials or delays
Module 3: Supporting Status Acquisition, Orientation, and Integration
  • Determine eligibility and perform transfer in and out procedures
  • Advise students on option to pursue a change of status vs. exit or reentry
  • Address integration and adjustment issues for new F-1 students and their dependents
Module 4: Addressing Student Status Issues and Crises
  • Maintain SEVIS records to accurately reflect maintenance of status
  • Support SEVIS record correction requests when warranted
  • Advise students about their options when facing issues such as a status change or status violation
  • Effectively manage your advising, compliance, and procedural tasks