J-1 & F-1 Visa Panel

Speakers: Sanna Serspinski, Policy Analyst, SEVP Policy Unit; Adeli Nol, SEVP field representative; James Alexander, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA/EC/OPA), U.S. Department of State

For our combined presentation in 2016, representatives from DHS and DoS will compare and contrast the roles and functions of each office as applies to their international student programs. The session will focus on the ins and outs of four different topics:

1) Certification versus Designation processes

2) Site visits and the approach of each agency

3) Eligibility of host families and schools to participate in the F-1 and J-1 programs

4) Information resources provided by each agency.

The discussion is designed to help all of us to continue to demystify our respective programs.