June 20, 2018
Visa revocations and “extreme vetting” are hot topics in NAFSAns’ work with international students, scholars and faculty. In this session, an immigration law expert and former Consular Officer will provide insight into the regulations and policies on visa revocation and the impact of a revocation on a nonimmigrant’s stay in the U.S. and future visa applications. We will also discuss the Form DS-5535, part of the “extreme vetting” initiative.
This is an online event and free and open to all international education professionals. Questions will be accepted via the chat box and addressed, as time allows, at the end of the presentation. However, we encourage you to submit your questions in advance through the registration process.
Please note that no current U.S. government officials participated in this event.
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
Nusha Shishegar began her international student services career at UC Irvine Extension’s English and Certificate Programs for Internationals program in 2001, first as a student worker then as SEVIS Coordinator. In 2005, she began working for Claremont Graduate University, and became the PDSO and RO for the institution. After a brief stint in Admission Operations at the University of La Verne from 2011-2015, Nusha once again “came home” to the field she loves, assuming the role of immigration student support specialist at CSU San Bernardino’s College of Extended Learning. In July 2016, she returned to the Claremont Colleges, this time acting as the international student adviser for Keck Graduate Institute. In 2016, Nusha participated in NAFSA Academy, and also assumed the role of LA Professional International Education Roundtable (LA PIER) coordinator. As coordinator, she managed the group’s listserv and grew the professional advancement opportunities PIER provides by establishing a leadership team to help plan the quarterly PIER meetings. This year, she serves as LA PIER Update coordinator, attending and sharing information from governmental webinars and community calls. She is also a member of NAFSA TrainerCorps and is proudly serving Region XII as the Southern District chair. She is an active member on the LA PIER and NAFSA International Student Advising Network (ISTA) email forums, providing responses and advice to international student advisers from around the nation.
The University of Arizona
Marie Willard is an associate director at International Student Services at The University of Arizona. Marie advises F-1 and J-1 students on immigration regulations and compliance. She has been in the field of international education for 13 years and has worked with sponsored students and in international student programming. She is currently a member of the NAFSA ISS RP Travel Subcommittee.
Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP
David Strashnoy is an immigration attorney with Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP and a former consular officer. David spent nearly 10 years serving with the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Europe, Russia, and Washington, D.C. As a former consular officer, he has been able to successfully resolve difficult consular processing cases for his clients. He has broad immigration expertise developed through years of experience managing overseas consular operations and adjudicating all classes of non-immigrant and immigrant visas, as well as representing clients in a wide variety of visa categories.
Curran & Berger, LLP
Dan Berger is a partner at the law firm of Curran & Berger in Northampton, MA. Dan has been editor for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference handbook since 2000, and edited Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, the International Adoption Sourcebook, and the Diplomatic Visa Guide. He wrote an Issue Brief for the American Council on Education (ACE) after the 2016 election, and was a co-author on a "Note" on immigration in 2017 for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School. Mr. Berger is a founding member of the US Alliance of International Entrepreneurs (usaie.org), an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the Regulatory Practice Coordinator for NAFSA, and a member of the USCIS Headquarters liaison committee for AILA.