The ABCs of F, J, and H-1Bs: Immigration Basics for Colleges & Universities

U.S. institutions hire foreign nationals to serve as faculty, to conduct research and to hold staff positions. As the "global campus" initiative spreads across U.S. campuses, the international student population at those institutions will continue to swell. As a result, campus personnel must understand an alphabet soup of immigration laws and regulations, including F, J, and H-1B Visas.

This course is designed to help higher education attorneys and administrators understand some of the basic issues and options for admitting foreign students and scholars and employing foreign nationals. Join instructors Leigh Cole and Michael Pfahl as they lead participants through this four-part online course. Topics covered will include:

  • Immigration definitions and concepts relevant to higher education
  • Student-related immigration matters including F Visas and J Visas
  • Employment-related immigration matters including F, J and H-1B employees
  • Permanent residency
  • Overview of employer sanctions
  • Essential operations for basic immigration processing
  • Emerging issues

The course is a blend of self-study and instructor-facilitated learning. Participants can access materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each weekly module features a narrated PowerPoint presentation (like a pre-recorded webinar), self-assessments, and extensive resources. Registration includes two live webinars with the course instructors (recordings are made available to those who are not able to attend live). The course is informative and convenient.

The course costs $399 for all participants. Participants at member institutions are eligible for a $100 discount. Register today!

Questions? NACUA at hearly@nacua.org with questions about CLE credits or content. For technical support questions, contact support@blueskyelearn.com. For more information, visit NACUA’s Online Learning Center Support Page.

Course Schedule

Immigration — What Is It?

  • Definitions and concepts
  • Categories
  • Applicable laws
  • Government agencies
  • Categories most relevant to institutions of higher education
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Other Immigration-Related Issues

  • Permanent residency
  • Overview of employer sanctions
  • Essential operations for basic immigration processing
  • Emerging issues
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Employment-Related Immigration Matters

  • What is a U.S. worker?
  • F employees
  • J Visa employees
  • H-1B employees
  • TN Visas
  • O Visa
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Student-Related Immigration Matters

  • Explanation of the F Visa
  • Explanation of the J Visa
  • Lapse in status/changes in status/violations/reinstatement
  • Students on campus in other status
  • Undocumented students
  • Special topics: PSDO pre and post-9/11
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Webinars

FIRST WEBINAR

February 23, 2017, 2-3 pm ET
Covering Modules One and Two

  • Opportunity for Q & A with instructors
  • Recording is available for all new registrants.

SECOND WEBINAR

March 23, 2017, 2-3 pm ET
Covering Modules Three and Four

  • Opportunity for Q & A with instructors
  • Recording is available for all new registrants.

Instructor(s)

Leigh Cole

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Leigh Cole is a shareholder and director of Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., in Burlington, Vermont. She also serves as Immigration Counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP with offices in San Francisco and Santa Monica, California....

Michael Pfahl

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Michael Pfahl joined the General Counsel staff at Kent State University as Associate Counsel in 2006. His primary areas are immigration and international law, university policy development, student and conduct issues...

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