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Today, all U.S. colleges and universities want the opportunity to hire international employees. To do so effectively, all institutions should develop and implement a sound immigration sponsorship policy.

As federal immigration practices and rules evolve, even schools with established sponsorship programs will want to periodically reevaluate their own approach to ensure compliance and efficacy. This webinar will provide you with key factors to consider when creating and evaluating your institution’s immigration sponsorship policy. A foundation of commonly used employment-based visa categories, sample policies from institutions around the country, and guidelines for determining your individual institution’s policy will be included.


Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an immigration sponsorship policy that best meets the needs of your institution;
  • Identify key factors to consider to evaluate and improve your institution’s immigration sponsorship policy;
  • Determine different ways to create your policy, including coordination between various university offices.

This webinar will appeal to those working in any office tasked with overseeing, developing, or implementing immigration sponsorship policies, including international programs, international scholar services, legal counsel, and human resources offices.

Sharing NAFSA webinars is a cost-effective method of staying up-to-date on the hottest topics facing the field today. Invite as many attendees as you wish for the price of one registration! Not able to attend? Purchase the recording for future use.


Jeanne Kelley
Boston University

Jeanne Kelley is the managing director of Boston University’s International Students and Scholars Office, which provides comprehensive immigration sponsorship and support services to nearly 9,000 international students and scholars. She has been working in the field of international education for nearly 25 years and specializes in institutional policy formulation, nonimmigrant employment matters, and federal immigration compliance. She began in admissions and immigration processing at the ELS Language Centers after completing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Clark University. She then completed a master’s degree in international and mass Communication at Boston University. She has worked at the ISSO at Boston University since 1993.

Dena Neese
Graham Adair

Dena Neese is an attorney with Graham Adair, an employment-based immigration law firm based in San Jose, California. Before joining Graham Adair, Neese worked at Washington State University, where she was responsible for the university's employment-based immigration work. With more than 13 years of experience in immigration law, Neese focuses her practice on serving institutions of higher education and international teaching and research faculty. She currently serves on NAFSA's employment-based regulatory subcommittee.

Michael Pfahl
Kent State University

Michael R. Pfahl is associate counsel for Kent State University. His primary areas are immigration and international law; university policy development; student and conduct issues; administrative law issues; and contract development and review. Pfahl is a 2013 recipient of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) First Decade Award and recently served as a NACUA online course instructor on the topic of immigration law. He has presented for a range of higher education associations, including NAFSA, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Society for College and University Planning, and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Tina Tan
University of Colorado-Boulder

Tina Tan is the director of international students and scholar services at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has worked with international students since 1989. Tan began working in the field with her bachelor’s degree in Asian studies and her master’s degree in counseling psychology. . She has served in various capacities with NAFSA, including on the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services Regulatory Practice Subcommittee, Regulations Task Force, and the International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee.