Guidance from advisers is essential as international students and scholars navigate the nonimmigrant visa and port of entry processes to gain admittance to the United States. Through case studies, this workshop prepares advisers to help their advisees understand the processes and potential hurdles involved in gaining admittance to the United States as an F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, or H-1B worker. Topics covered include establishing residence abroad and nonimmigrant intent, overcoming bars and ineligibilities, and avoiding documentary insufficiencies.

Workshop Objectives

  • Prepare students and scholars for required procedural steps to acquire nonimmigrant status.
  • Draw on resources to advise those who encounter challenges in the process.
  • Develop an office strategy to support students and scholars through the process of acquiring nonimmigrant status.


International advisers and recruiters, overseas advisers, admissions professionals, and departmental hiring managers and administrators who provide guidance on the nonimmigrant visa and port of entry process.