International Student and Scholar Services


WS42 - The ABCs of Visa Acquisition

Tuesday, May 31
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: CCC, 405

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

Examine the process that students and scholars experience at U.S. consulates when applying for a visa, the decisions that consular officers make, and ways to provide support including how to deal with delays and denials.

Learning Objectives:

Mary F. Idzior

Associate Director, Slutzker Center for International Services
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Mary Idzior is currently an Associate Director at the Slutzker Center for International Services at Syracuse University. She has worked in the field for over 25 years at both private and public institutions and with both students and scholars. She has been the Chair of NAFSA Region X, the Regional representative in the early days of the NAFSA Academy, a state rep and a former iteration of the Reg Bud.


Linda K. Gentile

Carnegie Mellon University Office of International Education
Pittsburgh, PA

Linda Gentile is the director of the Office of International Education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Linda has worked in the field of international education and been a member of NAFSA for over 25 years. Along the way, she has held a variety of NAFSA volunteer positions and participated in a number of conference sessions and workshops. She holds a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Grinnell College.


Dan Berger

Curran & Berger LLP
Northampton, MA

Dan Berger is a partner at the law firm of Curran & Berger in Northampton, MA, and a frequent speaker, editor and writer on immigration law. He won the 1995 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual writing competition for an article on INS policies toward international adoptions. Dan has also been editor for the AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook since 2000, and edited Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers (2005 and 2011 editions), the International Adoption Sourcebook, and the Diplomatic Visa Guide. He has written a wide variety of topics including on Outstanding Professor/Researcher green cards, temporary visa "d3" waivers, green cards for Iraqi and Afghan translators, use of DNA evidence in immigration cases, and the elements of immigration law for in-house legal counsel. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School. Mr. Berger is on the Editorial Board of Lexis/Nexis Law 360, a founding member of the American Alliance of International Entrepreneurs, and Honorary Member (and co-Chair of the International Committee) of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and serves on the travel subcommittee of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers. He has been quoted in various media including the Atlantic Magazine and the Huffington Post. Mr. Berger developed his interest in immigration in college, where he studied immigration history and taught English to adult refugees.



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