Immigration Specialist

Fairfax, VA
commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 03, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Immigration Specialist

The George Mason International Admissions Office is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual for an Immigration Specialist position within the office. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.


  • Safeguarding confidential information, balancing multiple priorities, and a strong orientation to service are daily responsibilities;
  • Handle administrative functions underpinning the regulatory service mission of the office;
  • Serve as an F-1 Designated School Official;
  • Collect and analyze all required financial documents for I-20 issuance;
  • Process document requests and matriculations;
  • Respond to inquiries by phone and e-mail;
  • Coordinate with students, faculty and administrators on regulatory matters; and
  • Completes other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience is required;
  • Must have excellent work habits, including reliability, timeliness, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, strong organizational skills, and the ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Strong oral/written communication skills with particular emphasis on explaining complex concepts to individuals who have limited proficiency in English;
  • Experience working effectively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Skills to research and interpret federal regulations and use the regulations to make decisions related to student status;
  • Excellent attention to detail, including the ability to review documents and other work and make corrections;
  • Ability to serve students/clients effectively;
  • Ability to provide support to individuals who may be angry or upset;
  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software;
  • Ability to work a non-standard schedule and/or additional hours occasionally when the workload is high; and
  • Federal law requires U.S. citizenship or permanent residence in order to serve as a Designated School Official and/or an Alternate Responsible Officer.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant regulations;
  • Experience in the culture-crossing process and/or an understanding of the dynamics of cultural adjustment;
  • Knowledge of MS Teams and Zoom collaboration tools;
  • Several years of administrative or professional experience;
  • Client/customer service, regulatory compliance and/or higher education experience;
  • Experience working in an International Student Office and/or as a Designated School Official; and
  • Bilingual.

For full consideration, applicants may apply for position number 03120z & 03121z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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