International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


U.S. Visa and Entry Process for Students and Scholars - (WS36)

Tuesday, May 29
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
PCC, Room 115C

Member Fee: $299.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00 | Student Pricing: $99.00

Improve the guidance you provide to prospective and current students and scholars who must navigate complex nonimmigrant visa and port-of-entry processes to be admitted to the United States as an F-1 student, J-1 exchange visitor, or H-1B worker. Case studies prepare you to help your advisees understand the processes involved and potential hurdles, including establishing residence abroad and nonimmigrant intent, overcoming bars and ineligibilities, and avoiding documentary insufficiencies.

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Salvatore Longarino

Director, OIS
Fordham University

Sal Longarino is the director of the Office for International Services at Fordham University. After retiring from NYU, in 2000, he began his career at Fordham where he served 300 international students. Today, his staff has grown to five professionals serving over 3000 students. His previous roles include chair of the Study New York Consortium; NAFSA's National Chair, Knowledge Community ISSS. He has received awards including NAFSA's Advocate of the Year in 2010. He is a member of Training Corps and recently was one of the three authors creating the new version for the J1 Beginners curriculum.


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Linda Gentile

Linda Gentile is the Director of the Office of International Education at Carnegie Mellon University. Linda has been a long-time member of NAFSA, serving in several regional and national NAFSA positions. She has also served as a presenter for a number of pre-conference Workshops and conference sessions, most recently with workshops focusing on visa acquisition. After working at the University of Pittsburgh for seventeen years, Linda transitioned to Carnegie Mellon in 2003. During the past fifteen years, Carnegie Mellon has grown to be a global institution with the 18th largest international student population in the US, 7 US locations and locations around the world including campuses in Australia, Qatar and Rwanda. At Carnegie Mellon, Linda directs both international student and scholar services and study abroad, giving her some time away from the dark side...


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David Strashnoy

Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

David Strashnoy is a senior attorney with Stone Grzegorek Gonzalez LLP and a former consular officer. David spent nearly 10 years serving with the U.S. Department of State in Latin America, Europe, Russia, and Washington, D.C. Based on that experience, he has been able to successfully resolve difficult consular processing matters across all visa categories for his clients. He has broad immigration expertise developed through years of experience managing overseas consular operations and adjudicating all classes of non-immigrant and immigrant visas, as well as representing clients in a wide variety of visa categories.


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Shao Chen Pan-Carr

International Student Advisor
Fordham University

Shao Chen Pan-Carr, she also goes by Johanna, DSO and International Student Advisor at Fordham University's Office for International Services, 5 years in international student advising. Lead Trainer for F1 Beginners workshop at 2017 NAFSA LA Conference and Lead Trainer for F1 Intermediate workshop at the 2017 NAFSA Region X Conference in Princeton, NJ. Johanna served as Region X NY Downstate Representative in 2015 and 2016. She is also the recipient of the 2016 NAFSA Rising Star Young Leader Award.


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