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August 20 - 22, 2024 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Register Today

This workshop compliments and broadens your knowledge gained after completing the J-1 Advising for Beginners workshop since it goes more deeply into grey areas of J advising. This workshop is designed to help you think through the development of policies, procedures, and practices necessary to maintain a healthy J program for your institution. Ample time is provided to focus on model practices based on current scenarios as well as to reflect on how these practices could improve your own J program.

Workshop Objectives

  • Build a conceptual foundation and practical knowledge for J-1 advising.
  • Develop critical analytical skills for resolving common J-1 Exchange Visitor dilemmas.
  • Balance and manage the interests of key constituencies.
  • Establish solid professional networks in the J-1 visa community.

Workshop Agenda

  • The unique character of the Exchange Visitor Program and how to maintain a healthy J-1 Program at your institution
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Responsible Officer/Alternate Responsible Officer at the intermediate level
  • The use of resources in problem solving and developing institutional policy
  • Assessing and applying policy, procedure, and practice

What Participants Are Saying

  • "The workshop was extremely valuable as a J1 professional. I learned about creating policies and also finding ways to interpret the spirit of the J1 program. I value also the networking group met at this workshop." - Annual Conference workshop participant
  • "The workshop provided relevant content for practical situations. The workbook gives excellent scenarios, along with reasoning. References and breakdowns of certain polices are included in workbook, too." - Regional Conference workshop participant
  • "Trainers shared personal work experiences that helped to illustrate the effects of certain policies. Additionally, the workbook will be an excellent reference for future concerns."  - On-site workshop participant
  • "All of the presenters were very knowledgeable and friendly. I had the opportunity to make connections with those from my region as well as Region VII. Overall, it was a very successful workshop." - Regional Conference workshop participant


International student and scholar advisers, Responsible Officers (RO) and Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO), and administrators with a working knowledge and understanding of immigration and J visa regulations.