International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is a leader in the University of Minnesota’s goal to be a top global learning environment for all its students and scholars. ISSS international advisors serve as experts in addressing the immigration and intercultural needs of international employees, students, and scholars. This position handles employment and immigration advising for foreign national employees and HR/administrative personnel that facilitate employment in all colleges/departments across the University system. This position works with H-1B and Permanent Residence processes and manages case-by-case University advising and compliance with complicated and exacting immigration regulations and requirements. This position provides culturally competent immigration advising and counseling to foreign national employees, their dependents and departments. This position trains and guides other international advisors on employment-based visas and may supervise student employees.
- Advise international clients (primarily faculty and staff) on employment-based immigration regulations, options and procedures, as well as related academic, intercultural, personal and family matters. Research, interpret, and apply federal and institutional regulations and policies related to employment-based visas (primarily H-1B). Apply counseling, human development, intercultural communication and adult learning theories in counseling/advising to work with international clients. Guide clients on navigating visa options and related University policies and procedures.
30% Government Regulations Advising for UM Departments
- Provide consultation, advice and direction to University departments who hire international faculty, researchers, and staff. Interpret, apply and convey complex information about immigration regulations/procedures and University employment policies/procedures to determine solutions to the employment, Human Resources and vocational concerns of hiring departments and prospective foreign national employees.
20% Employment-based Visa Case Management and Document Production
- Direct University departments in hiring and ongoing employment of foreign nationals, including preparation of offer letters, job terms and conditions, termination procedures, appointment extensions, job changes, etc. Prepare employment-based immigration documents including I-129 non-immigrant petitions, Labor Certifications, and I-140 immigrant petitions.
15% Employment-based Systems and Information Management
- Update, monitor and manage multiple online systems which may include PeopleSoft, Sunapsis, INSZoom, and iCert. Assist with initial set-up and implementation of Sunapsis. Guide, advise and coordinate with central University Human Resources and Payroll staff on proper input, tracking and monitoring of enterprise system visa-related data to ensure maintenance and tracking of legal employment status of foreign national employees. Provide critical input and influence the IT system developments affecting University hiring/employment of foreign nationals.
5% Other duties as assigned
- May include supervision of student employee(s), attendance at professional conferences/events, service on committees, or other duties as assigned.
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
Master’s Degree in international education, law, human resources, intercultural communication, counseling or related field, or Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Minimum of one year of experience serving as advisor, counselor, consultant or assistant in an academic, legal, or business setting dealing with immigration/visa regulations and applications.
Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
Excellent attention to detail.
Strong technical and computing skills.
Strong problem-solving skills.
Significant personal experience of travel/life/study/work abroad.
Ability to effectively present information at workshops or training seminars.
- Three years of experience serving as an international advisor/counselor to students, scholars and/or employees in a higher education setting
- Working knowledge of non-immigrant employment-based visas (H-1B, E-3, O-1, etc.) and PERM/special handling
- Experience with Sunapsis and PeopleSoft