Requisition ID:  30084

Immigration Counselor

Job Summary

The Immigration Counselor is highly motivated with interest and/or experience in U.S. higher education immigration compliance and international student support and advising.  The successful candidate will join a large, dynamic team of professionals that currently provide a wide range of immigration advising and support services for over 13,000 international students representing more than 130 countries around the globe, while also serving as a partner, collaborator, and resource to other units on campus and within the University community.


This is a hybrid position requiring the successful candidate to be physically located at the Purdue University in Indianapolis location 2-3 days per week with occasional trips to the West Lafayette campus.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Provide advising to international students regarding regulatory/administrative issues such as maintenance of legal status while pursuing educational objectives in the United States
  • Provide advice and guidance on travelling outside the US, extensions/changes of status, and bringing family members into the United States
  • Recommend and process student work authorizations
  • Prepare and process official documents pertaining to incoming international students
  • Communicate with academic units and community constituents regarding documents and details related to individual students and their dependents
  • Support other campus units regarding regulatory requirements for assisting with the admission and ongoing support for students
  • Assist with Department of Homeland Security tracking and reporting requirements for international students; ensure database compatibility with internal and external regulatory software
  • Collect and analyze data; prepares scheduled and special reports
  • Maintain program/project records and statistical information
  • Provide administrative support in the development and implementation of international student services and programs including assisting in the coordination of new student check-in and orientation programs and ongoing initiatives with programming and engagement activities
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of experience advising students in a professional setting
  • In lieu of degree consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required experience (Associate's degree + 4 years of experience; HS/GED + 6 years of experience)
  • Exceptional time, task, and resource management skills
  • Strong problem solving, critical thinking, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with computing, including Microsoft Windows 7 or higher navigation, the Microsoft Office suite of applications, web-based database software, and document management software
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills including the ability to interact productively with supervisors, peers and subordinates
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills and/or experience teaching adult learners
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours

Nice to Have:

  • Master's degree
  • Experience directly related to the job duties and responsibilities
  • Knowledge of legal and governmental procedures and documentation requirements regarding the disposition of foreign nationals
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal provisions and institutional responsibilities associated with non-immigrants
  • Current knowledge and understanding of relevant laws and regulations pertaining to individuals holding non-immigrant visas

What We'd Like You to Know:

  • As per Federal Regulation, the successful candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary,
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A Background Check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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