International Programs and the Secondary School—Immigration Compliance (SEVIS)

Status: RECORDED on MAR 15, 2017

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

Offering an international student program is a complex undertaking for any size school—and is becoming even more multilayered each semester. With admissions, foreign families, homestay, and Homeland Security concerns, including SEVIS compliance, schools are more and more vulnerable to multiple risk levels. Schools taking a strategic and mindful approach to starting or sustaining an International Student Program will need to consider all facets of their school life and student life. You should have an appropriate, well-informed, well-trained team to keep your school compliant, current, and protected.

In this Webinar, the basics of a well-established and thought-out international program will be presented. Participants will be asked to identify where their schools are on the spectrum of preparedness and compliance.

We'll cover these topics and more:

  • Certification required to issue the Form I-20 and enroll the International student
  • Role of the school in advising/educating international students and their families
  • School staffing: the roles, responsibilities, and decision of homestay in-house vs. 3rd-party broker
  • PDSO/DSO’s: who, why, and workload
  • Reporting responsibilities: cycle within the academic year
  • Student travel/student status
  • Student records and the Form I-20: Transferring In/Out and termination
  • Ramifications of the loss of certification

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation runs approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend:Admission Directors and associate staff members, International Student Coordinators, International Program Directors, Business Managers, PDSO/DSO’s, School Heads, and any faculty or school staff member charged with the responsibilities of managing and or reporting information to the Student Visitor Exchange Program on behalf of their school.

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Jacqueline M. Yamada

ISM Consultant


Jacqui, a former international student program coordinator and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), has turned her work with international students into a model for governance of international student programs. She has expertise in international student enrollment, international program establishment, SEVIS compliance, homestay concerns, and international student relations.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Jacqui shares recommended strategies for international student programs with private-independent school administrators. She teaches workshops, hosts webinars, and conducts on-site consultations to help schools create, bolster, and sustain international student enrollment programs.

Prior Experience

Jacqui previously served as Director of International Programs and Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for the Rocky Hill School, RI. She worked with SEVIS to keep her school in strict compliance with U. S. Homeland Security and Department of State. Jacqui has worked in the education field for 25 years.

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