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Safety, Security, and Service: The U.S. Department of State’s Role in International Travel

Thursday, June 1
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
LACC, Room 151

Edward Ramotowski, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, will discuss the Department of State’s role in providing consular services to Americans studying and living abroad and to international travelers (including visas), while protecting U.S. national security.

Steve Springer

Director, Regulatory Practice Liaison

Steve Springer is Director of Regulatory Practice Liaison for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and manages NAFSA’s engagement with federal agencies concerning regulatory practice issues, among other duties. Prior to joining the NAFSA staff he worked as an immigration attorney, representing higher education institutions and their faculty, staff, and students, and worked in-house managing immigration services for several major research universities. He is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), has served on its USCIS Transformation Committee and currently serves on its Students and Scholars Committee. He earned a law degree, a graduate degree in cultural studies, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland.


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Edward Ramotowski

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Edward Ramotowski assumed his current position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services at the U.S. Department of State in July 2012. In that position he oversees the Visa Office in Washington DC, two domestic processing centers, as well as visa operations at over 200 U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.

From August 2006 to July 2009 he served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico, followed by three years as Managing Director for Visa Services. He has previously worked as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Chief of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas and as U.S. Consul in Warsaw, Poland. Other tours of duty have included service as a consular and political officer in Bogota, Colombia and consular officer in Kingston Jamaica. Mr. Ramotowski has also served in Washington as a country officer in the Office of Andean Affairs, as well as a watch officer in the State Department Operations Center and on the White House Situation Room staff. He has received several Department of State Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards, and in 2000 was recognized with the Barbara Watson Award for consular excellence.

Mr. Ramotowski joined the Foreign Service in 1986. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National War College.


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