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Director Oiae Immigration Duties

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The person in this position directs the University of Georgia's implementation of policies and procedures related to immigration mandated by federal and state regulations and develops related internal systems and practices to insure continuous regulatory compliance within the university to limit the institution's liability. This is a position requiring the highest level of expertise with advanced decision-making skills based on comprehensive knowledge of complex laws and regulations. As such, the position requires a high degree of responsibility-the person in this position supervises a staff of Immigration Services Advisors to University faculty and students, and the person in this position will carry out performance evaluations, make salary and promotional recommendations and hire individuals for positions in Immigration Services. This position requires substantial in-the-field experience, and the person holding this position must be current with federal and state regulations related to immigration. This position reports directly to the Associate Provost for International Affairs, and the person in this position holds University signature authority for Department of Labor Permanent Residency petitions.


Regular duties include, but are not limited to:

Serving as the university resource on Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, US. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U. S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor and Georgia Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury, Bureau of Foreign Assets Control laws, regulations, and procedures.

Serving as the Primary Designated School Official for the F visa category under Homeland Security and as the institutional Responsible Officer for the Department of State Exchange Visitor Program.

Providing direction, supervision, and leadership for the Immigration Services Team comprised of units dedicated to the most frequently utilized visa categories including:
F-l Student Advisors, J Exchange Visitor Advisor, H Faculty and Staff Advisor, and Assistant for Documentation and Permanent Residency.

Developing training materials and conducting workshops for the benefit of the international population at UGA and the university staff who assist with the documentation, procedures and maintenance of students, scholars, faculty and staff. Assess new areas of training needs and recommend new programs to meet these needs.

Directing and administering the application process for employees who have been identified as eligible for permanent residency via an employment based petition sponsored by UGA. This includes: Outstanding Professors/Researchers, Teaching Faculty, Research Scientists and Associates and professional staff. This requires working with highly confidential and sensitive information to provide very complex employment-based advising involving a multiple of federal agencies.

Preparing reports on trends in international education in order to assist the institution in meeting the goals set forth in the UGA Strategic Plan. Collect data on the demographics of the international population at UGA, fields of study, use of services by departments, financial contributions, etc.

Assisting the Associate Provost for OIA with budgetary recommendations, which may include projections of International Student/Scholar Compliance fees, and recommended allocation of the ISSC to meet the equipment, staff and training needs for Immigration Services.

Advocate on behalf of international education and support the Institution's goals for internationalizing the campus. Serve on institutional and professional committees as appropriate.

Assist the Associate Provost with all other tasks as necessary.


This position requires the minimum of a Master's degree or jurisdoctorate, plus 8-10 years of experience with all aspects of immigration matters pertaining to an institution of higher education.

Must have a thorough working experience with immigration regulations including applications for permanent residency.



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