Immigration Advisor

Cornell University, Office of Global Learning
Ithaca, New York
The final rate of pay will be determined considering prior relevant work experience.
Aug 02, 2022
Sep 01, 2022
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

Contact Details

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location.


New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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What is Cornell University and what is the Office of Global Learning?

Cornell University, unique among peers, is the federal land-grant institution of New York State, a private endowed university, and a member of the Ivy League. The Office of Global Learning (OGL) is part of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA). As such, we share the mission of developing and supporting global learning activities across the Cornell University community—in Ithaca, New York City, and the world. As a comprehensive international education unit, our office helps Cornellians from around the world grow as global learners. Our team coordinates education abroad experiences for Cornell students, advises international students and scholars on federal immigration and labor regulations, supports the engagement and success of international students and scholars into the Cornell community, and promotes cross-cultural competency on campus and beyond.


What you will do:

As an Immigration Advisor for the Office of Global Learning, you will provide advising and manage cases on immigration matters for students and scholars, work in university and government data systems, and maintain knowledge of regulations. You will report to the Senior Immigration Advisor for students and form an integral part of a team of advisors that is supported by a larger cross-office structure of administration and systems, outreach and programming coordination, and financial management. Your specific responsibilities will include:

  • Advise international students, scholars, and their families on immigration matters and make appropriate referrals relating to a broad range of issues of concern to international students and scholars. Serve as federally approved Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer for Cornell University's F (student) and J (exchange visitor) programs, independently entering and updating data in university and government data systems and producing immigration documents. Complete immigration forms for a substantial volume of student and scholar requests, including but not limited to applications for work authorization, extension of programs, social security letters, I-20/DS-2019 reprints, changes of levels, and corrections to F-1 or J-1 immigration status. Keep abreast of current government regulations on immigration law. Monitor and investigate student and scholar immigration status issues. Assist with administration of J-1 Student Intern Program, including participant and partner communication, application tracking and support, onboarding, and federally mandated orientation and evaluation. Provide assistance with office administrative tasks and projects, including reception support. Assist with various immigration, orientation, and inclusion and support programming for students and scholars.


What we need:

We need an organized and customer service-focused team-player who can manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced and multicultural work environment. Ideally, you will have experience with advising and administration in a higher education or immigration context. Additionally, you will have:

  • Associate’s degree with two years previous experience in student services or a related field. Demonstrated strength in writing and interpersonal communication skills. Aptitude in working with computer software packages such as word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Proven ability to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds.

In addition to the above, we would prefer you to have:

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent. Experience working with F-1 and J-1 students. Experience working with Sunapsis, Peoplesoft, and/or Workday software or similar. Ability to interpret government regulatory language. Second language skills.

A cover letter and resume must be included with application submission, both should be attached to the resume section of the application.

This position does not support visa sponsorship.