International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)

90-minute Conference Session

Exchange Visitor Program Update

Wednesday, October 19
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Rose Island II

A government representative from the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program will give an update on new procedures and policies. In the past year colleges and universities have been trying to implement new procedures related to reporting incidents (OPA) as well as complying with Subpart-A, which includes ensuring the EV has satisfactory English language proficiency, mandatory health insurance coverage, and has been provided information about the terms of employment.

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Parker Emerson

Associate Director
Yale University Office of International Students and Scholars

Parker Emerson is the Associate Director of Yale University’s OISS. There he oversees all employment based visa sponsorship. He has been a member of the Counsel for Global Immigration (formerly ACIP) since 1995 and an active member of NAFSA since 1985. Currently he is the RegBud (student) for Region XI and a Government Regulatory Advisory Council (GRAC) member. Prior to joining Yale he was a leading member of the Harvard International Office for almost 20 years. Mr. Emerson has also been an adjunct faculty member of Lesley University, teaching in the Master’s degree program on Intercultural Relations.


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Lamyaa El-Fadaly

Program Officer
U.S. Department of State


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Mark Howard

Branch Chief
U.S. Department of State

Mark Howard is the Branch Chief for the Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration’s Academic and Government Programs Division in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The mission of the Bureau is to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives through educational and cultural programs that enhance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other nations. Mr. Howard leads a team responsible for the monitoring of Exchange Visitor Program sponsors to ensure exchange visitors’ health, safety and welfare and sponsors’ compliance with established federal regulatory requirements.


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