International Student and Scholar Services


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Current Issues

Thursday, June 2
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Room: CCC, Mile High Ballroom 2-3

This session gives practitioners in international student and scholar services a chance to learn more about current USCIS practices, policies, and outreach initiatives. This is an opportunity to explain how NAFSA’s International Student and Scholar Regulatory Practice Committee engages with USCIS. USCIS representatives from Service Center Operations and Service Centers have been invited.

Learning Objectives:

Amanda K. Brinlee

Senior International Student Advisor II
Texas A&M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Amanda Brinlee is an Assistant Director at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She received both her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University. Amanda has served on the Region III team as the South Texas State Liaison, Region III Regbud for Student issues, and is currently the Region III Chair Elect. She has worked with International Student Services at Texas A&M University for 10 years.


Kathleen C. Gasparian

Gasparian Immigration
New Orleans, LA

Kathleen Gasparian is the founder of Gasparian Immigration a boutique immigration law firm in New Orleans. She has served as the Chair and Treasurer of AILA’s Mid-South Chapter, as the chair of AILA’s national liaison committee to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and as a Regulatory Ombudsperson for Scholar Issues for NAFSA Region III. She serves on the Board for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law at Loyola University, New Orleans and at Tulane University. Kathleen has authored and co-authored a number of articles on immigration including “An Immigration Primer for Primary and Secondary Schools” in The Admissions Review, and “Adjustment of Status for the Atypical Entrant” in the 2012 Immigration Practice Pointers, published by AILA. Gambit, the alternative weekly in New Orleans, named her one of its “40 under 40” for her success as an attorney. In 2014, she founded a program to match immigrant children with pro bono legal representation - PB&J: Pro Bono and Juveniles, and she was recognized by Super Laywers, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the National Organization for Women for her efforts.

Maria Zellar Maxim

Immigration Specialist/SEVIS Manager
University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Maria Zellar Maxim is an international student and scholar adviser and SEVIS manager at the University of Colorado-Boulder.



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