International Enrollment Management (IEM)


A Primer on U.S. Immigration Concepts - (WS39)

Tuesday, May 30
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LACC, Room 410

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

Gain a comprehensive overview of how professionals working with international students and scholars in the United States can best support and advocate on behalf of these individuals. Learn to differentiate between the most common U.S. visa types found in secondary schools, Intensive English Programs, and institutions of higher education in the United States. Participants examine how international students first obtain and then maintain their immigration status for the duration of their time in the U.S. This workshop is not intended for those who have already completed F-1 Student Advising for Beginners, J-1 Advising for Beginners, or Basic Immigration Concepts for Professionals Outside of International Student Advising.

Learning Objectives:

Meghan Popick

Assistant Director of International Advisement
The Juilliard School

Meg Popick is the Assistant Director of International Advisement at the Juilliard School where she serves as a DSO/ARO. Prior to joining Juilliard, she was an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Education at The Georgia Institute of Technology and an International Student Advising Assistant in Boston College's Office of International Student & Scholar Services. She currently serves Region X's Advocacy Coordinator and was previously Region VII's Regulatory Ombudsperson for Student Issues. She has a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from Fairfield University.


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Patricia Bello

Assistant Provost for International Education and Global Affairs
Binghamton University SUNY

Patricia Bello serves as the Assistant Provost for International Education and Global Affairs, as well as the Director for International Student and Scholar Services at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She has been in the field of international education since 2001, holding positions at Syracuse University, the College of William and Mary, and The University of Texas at Austin prior to accepting the position at Binghamton University. She earned her BA in political science at Le Moyne College, and went on to earn her MA in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Bello is an active member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps, and has led multiple workshops on a variety of topics at state, regional, and annual NAFSA conferences.


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Erin Garcia

Director, International Student Services
Lynn University

Erin Garcia is the Director of the International Student Services Office at Lynn University in south Florida. Having started out in international education working with international secondary students, Erin later moved on to advising for both international students and study abroad (exchange programs). She now leads Lynn's International Student Services and serves as PDSO. In addition to her professional work in international services, she serves as the RO for South Central Rotary Youth Exchange. Erin received her B.A. in International Studies/German at Southwestern University and a M.A. in College Student Development from St. Edward's University. She has been involved in NAFSA since 2009 and in recent years has participated in Advocacy Day, Trainer Corps, and is currently the CEP Workshop Dean for the F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate CEP workshop.


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