USCIS plays a key role in helping the United States remain what the Institute of International Education calls "the destination of choice in higher education." So it was not surprising when more than 1,100 educators crowded into one of the sessions we presented at the recent annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Denver.
Above: Amber Vasek and Quintion Eaton staffing USCIS’ booth at the NAFSA conference.
The speakers included Cheryl Afflerbach, student portfolio manager for Service Center Operations; Bertha Anderson, student portfolio manager for the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate
; and Quintion Eaton, an analyst from SAVE
(Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements). Another speaker was Allison Posner, chief of casework at the CIS Ombudsman’s Office
, which is separate from USCIS.
Above: Amanda Brinlee, Bertha Anderson, Quintion Eaton and Allison Posner during a USCIS session at the conference.
Our colleague Bertha also presented a second session, “IssueNET: Tool for Collaboration,” highlighting areas where USCIS worked with NAFSA to address issues for students holding J-1, F-1 and M-1 visas
and who had submitted Form I-765
and Form I-539
Visitors to our booth at the Colorado Convention Center seemed especially interested in our flash cards
for the naturalization test. And speaking of naturalization, we also reminded people about the student provision
that allows applicants attending an educational institution away from their home residence to file their Form N-400
where their institution is located. Or they can file it in the state of their home residence, if they are financially dependent upon their parents at the time of filing and during the naturalization process.