International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Trends in Employment-Based Sponsorship: Navigating Delays, RFEs, & Other Challenges

Thursday, November 14
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Constellation E

This session provides insight into emerging challenges to temporary and permanent employment-based sponsorship of foreign faculty and staff, and offers best practices to anticipate and potentially avoid RFEs, audits, or denials, plan for delays and set stakeholder expectations, and resolve challenging cases.

Learning Objectives:

Janica Cimo

Associate Director
University of Delaware

With numerous years of experience working in the field of international education, Janica provides advice and expertise on immigration regulations to international students, scholars and University departments and helps ensure regulatory compliance and technological efficiency with regard to immigration services. Her passion for different cultures and own study abroad experiences attracted to her to the field. After obtaining baccalaureate degrees in Anthropology and Spanish Language and Literatures, Janica, a UD alum, worked for the Spanish Ministry of Education as an English Language and Culture Assistant and later obtained her Master’s Degree in International Education through George Washington University. Through NAFSA, she actively collaborates with other institutions in an effort to support the experience of F-1 students, J-1 Scholars and H-1B employees in the US, and has developed and delivered presentations and training to this end.


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Kristen R. Dennis, JD

Goldblum & Pollins PC

Kristen Repyneck Dennis is Lead Attorney of Goldblum & Pollins' University Team. Kristen assists more than 20 institutions of higher education in the hiring and retention of foreign national faculty and staff, managing nonimmigrant and immigrant processes for more than 300 employees. She provides counseling, training, and policy development services to higher education employers, including Student & Scholar Services, General Counsel, HR, and Department Chairs, regarding all aspects of employment-based immigration. She is an active member of NAFSA, AILA, and NACUA. Prior to joining Goldblum & Pollins, Kristen's practice also included advising employers in traditional employment and commercial litigation matters.


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Elisa Facetti

Assistant Director, Scholar Services
University of Delaware

I currently work as the Assistant Director of Scholar Services for the OISS at the University of Delaware. I primarily work with J and H visa holders. I have previously worked at West Virginia University as an Immigration Specialist and then as the Assistant Director of International Student Services and Student Advocate.
I have entered the field of International Education because of my international background but also because I am the very own product of several education abroad experiences. As a first-generation university student, my education abroad experiences and living, studying / working in 7 different Countries have been helping me to broaden my horizons and for this, I will be forever grateful.
I have a BA in Middle Eastern Studies (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice – Italy), an MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Leiden University, The Netherlands) and an MA in Italian Studies (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA).
I have been a NAFSA member for several years and I owe NAFSA and its wonderful members a lot of what I know and who I am as a professional today.


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