International Student Advisor (or Senior International Student Advisor)

Indianapolis, Indiana
Salary Range $46,000 - $49,000
Aug 03, 2022
Sep 02, 2022
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University

As a Designated School Official (DSO) authorized by the Department of Homeland Security, the International Student Advisor interprets complex U.S. immigration laws, regulations, policies, and procedures as applied to individual international students at IUPUI. The working title may be elevated to 'Senior International Student Advisor' with exceptional immigration advising experience. Search Job Posting 301653

Department-Specific Responsibilities

  • Exercises professional judgment to advise and counsel students on all aspects of their stay in the United States and at IUPUI, while also ensuring the University complies with federal monitoring and reporting requirements.
  • Keeps abreast of immigration regulations and advise students on matters related to maintenance of legal status, travel, and employment options.
  • Prepares visa documents, process program extensions, transfers, and requests for employment authorization.
  • Assists students wishing to change to F-1 or J-1 student status or file reinstatement to regain F-1 or J-1 status.
  • Works with government agencies and immigration attorneys to resolve sensitive immigration problems.
  • Ensures that immigration documentation needed to maintain legal status of international students is prepared accurately and efficiently.
  • Develops and maintains Student Services procedural and policy documentation.
  • Maintains F-1 and J-1 student records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Meets regulatory reporting requirements and handle associated communications to students.
  • Monitors student full-time enrollment and approve requests for exceptions when appropriate.
  • Monitors international student records in IU systems and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) via IU’s Sunapsis application to ensure accurate and timely reporting of international student immigration data to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Monitors international student records via Sunapsis and notifies students of issues that may affect their immigration status within the U.S.

General Responsibilities

  • Interprets complex U.S. immigration laws, regulations, policies and procedures and exercises professional judgment to advise and counsel Indiana University's international students on all aspects of their stay in the United States and at the university.
  • Develops and maintains personal and office staff expertise with U.S. laws and regulations governing international students.
  • Plans, develops, schedules, conducts and evaluates programming designed to educate international students and other IU departments on current U.S. regulations governing international students.
  • Ensures the required information is reported to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a timely manner and that necessary immigration documentation needed to maintain legal status of international students is adjudicated accurately and effectively.
  • Serves as liaison to local or state government agencies regarding issues related to international students.




  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in a related field)


  • Master's degree in International Education, Intercultural Communications, Higher Education Administration, or another related field



  • 2 years of international advising/service experience


  • 2 years of experience in immigration advising, administrative services, compliance monitoring, or case management
  • Experience working in the United States with international populations or experience working overseas 

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered



  • Proficient communication skills
  • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
  • Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills
  • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
  • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
  • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
  • Highly thorough and dependable
  • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure


  • Ability to interpret and effectively communicate complex regulations to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment 
  • Strong communication and multitasking skills
  • Excellent organizational abilities 
  • Ability to manage a large workload under time pressures within a changing regulatory environment 
  • Comfort and familiarity with working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point 
  • Ability to learn and use up-to-date technology for running reports and maintaining student information