The Office of General Counsel provides technical assistance on best practices, policy and legal compliance and legal advice on international activity issues faced by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. 

Contact:
Scott Goings
Assistant General Counsel
Phone:  651-201-1753
E-mail:  scott.goings@minnstate.edu

Daniel McCabe
Assistant General Counsel
Phone: 651-201-1833
E-mail: daniel.mccabe@minnstate.edu

Notice:  The purpose of this site is to provide general information only and nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice.  The information provided on this site is not intended to alter or amend official Minnesota State policy or procedure.

The Office of General Counsel provides technical assistance on best practices, policy and legal compliance and legal advice on international travel issues faced by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Board Policy and System Procedure

Contact:
Daniel McCabe
Assistant General Counsel
Phone:  651-201-1833
E-mail:  daniel.mccabe@MinnState.edu

Notice:  The purpose of this site is to provide general information only and nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice.  The information provided on this site is not intended to alter or amend official Minnesota State policy or procedure.

The Office of General Counsel provides technical assistance on best practices, policy and legal compliance and legal advice on international advisor issues faced by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Resources for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities International Advisors

The following information is provided as a convenience to assist system international student advisors locate resources useful for their work.  This is not an exclusive list but meant to provide a quick reference to frequently-needed information.  Please contact Daniel McCabe if you have suggestions for additional resources or corrections.  daniel.mccabe@MinnState.edu   Thanks!

Federal Government

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for providing immigration-related services and benefits such as naturalization and work authorization as well as investigative and enforcement responsibilities for enforcement of federal immigration laws, customs laws, and air security laws.  The Home Page for DHS may be found at: http://www.dhs.gov.  Several component offices of DHS are of particular interest to system international advisors:

A.  The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Included among the immigration benefits the USCIS oversees are: citizenship, lawful permanent residency, family- and employment-related immigration, employment authorization, inter-country adoptions, asylum and refugee status, replacement immigration documents, and foreign student authorization.  The Home Page for USCIS is located at: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.

Find local USCIS offices via the following: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.type&OfficeLocator.office_type=LO

B.  The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of DHS is responsible for immigration investigations, detention, removal, intelligence and administration of the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  Links to SEVIS resources are located at: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/index.htm.

The SEVIS Help Desk is available by phone at: 1-800-892-8429 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern time.

C.  The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division is responsible for immigration inspections at U.S. ports of entry, for border patrol and customs services.

As of December 2008, the CBP Officer of the Day at the MSP International Airport is: Larry Minner; phone: (612) 725-3480; fax: (612) 725-3842; larry.minner@dhs.gov.

D.  Study in the States http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/about is a new DHS project that serves as an innovative information hub for the international student community by bringing together the various federal agencies that play a role in implementing our student visa and exchange visitor programs, including the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The site offers the latest information and resources for international students and school officials through blog posts, news articles, interactive guides, and videos.

E. NEW! SEVP School Officials Resources Chart 

The United States Department of State administers foreign student and scholar exchange programs (J visas). http://j1visa.state.gov/

The Social Security Administration maintains an informative Web site about obtaining Social Security Numbers, including a special section for foreign students: http://www.ssa.gov/immigration/immigration2.htm#students

The Internal Revenue Department (IRS) Web site includes tax guidelines for foreign nationals, including students at: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/index.html 
(See also system Finance Department below.)

Higher Education

The National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field.  http://www.nafsa.org/.  All system colleges and universities are strongly urged to become members of NAFSA; it is widely acknowledged as the primary information source and advocacy group for immigration issues on behalf of colleges and universities.  NAFSA publishes many valuable resources, and much information is available to the public online.  Membership is required, however, to access the practically essential Adviser’s Manual which is continually updated to reflect the rapidly changing regulations.

The Minnesota International Educators (MIE) is a statewide association of public and private higher education international advisors.  http://mn-mie.com/.  MIE meets bi-monthly during the school year at rotating campus locations throughout the state; agendas typically include updates on immigration legal and regulatory issues, sharing best practices and new developments at the Department of Homeland Security.

System Resources

Board Policies and System Procedures
All system personnel with responsibilities for international students should carefully review board policies and system procedures to ensure that international students are treated appropriately consistent with the standards in those documents.  For example: undergraduate admissions standards for international students are found at System Procedure 3.4.1, Part 3; guidance on tuition setting for international students is found at Board Policy 2.2, Part 4.B.2.

Link to all current board of trustees’ policies and system procedures

Office of the Chancellor

Academic Affairs Division
Provides information on globalizing the academic curriculum.  Contact Jon Dalager at jon.dalager@minnstate.edu 651 201-1684.

Student Affairs Division
Provides technical assistance on best practices and procedures related to international students.  Contact Paul Shepherd for further assistance. paul.shepherd@so.mnscu.edu; 651 201-1743.

The system international advisor listserv is administered by Kelli Lyng in Student Affairs: kelli.lyng@so.mnscu.edu.  All system international advisors should verify the accuracy of campus representatives included in the listserv as it is an important vehicle for communicating information pertinent to international advisors.  Promptly advise Kelli Lyng of any changes to this list.

Health Insurance for International Students and Scholars.  Because of the serious potential financial consequences of uninsured medical expenses, system colleges and universities must require all international students (defined in Board Policy 3.4 Part 1 as students who are required to be registered under the Student Exchange Visitor Information System) to purchase system approved health insurance that is effective during their course of study regardless of whether such insurance is required by immigration regulations.  The only exception to this requirement is for those international students whose sponsoring agency or government certifies that the student is covered under a plan provided by the sponsoring agency or government.  System Procedure 3.4.1 Part 3. Subpart B. 2.

See information about the plan at: https://www.uhcsr.com/ For more information please contact the appropriate student insurance advocate for your school:

Coralee Cronin crcronin@stcloudstate.edu  (320) 308-4855

• Alexandria Technical College
• Anoka-Hennepin Technical College
• Anoka-Ramsey Community College
• Central Lakes College
• Century College
• Dakota County Technical College
• Hennepin Technical College
• Inver Hills Community College
• Metropolitan State University
• Minneapolis Community and Technical College
• Normandale Community College
• North Hennepin Community College
• Pine Technical College
• St. Cloud State University
• St. Cloud Technical College
• Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College

Pam Rasmussen; prasmussen@winona.edu; (507) 457-5160

• Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
• Riverland Community College
• Rochester Community and Technical College
• Winona State University

Kathryn Grant; Kathryn.grant@mnsu.edu; (507) 389-6276 ext 244

• Minnesota West Community and Technical College
• Southwest State University
• South Central Technical College
• Ridgewater College
• Minnesota State University, Mankato
• South Central Technical College

Kim Schulz; kschulz@bemidjistate.edu; (218) 755-4013

• Bemidji State University
• Fergus Falls Community College
• Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
• Hibbing Community College
• Itasca Community College (Northeast Higher Education District)
• Lake Superior College
• Mesabi Range Community & Technical College (Northeast Higher Education  District)
• Minnesota State University Moorhead
• Northland Community and Technical College
• Northwest Technical College
• Rainy River Community College(Northeast Higher Education District)
• Vermilion Community College (Northeast Higher Education District)

Finance Division
Links to useful information about tax issues for foreign nationals (students and employees) within the system may be found at:
http://www.finance.mnscu.edu/taxinformation/nonresident/index.html

Office of General Counsel
Provides legal policy assistance in immigration, study abroad, international collaboration and contracts issues.  Campus administrators may contact:

Daniel McCabe at: daniel.mccabe@minnstate.edu; 651 201-1833
Mary Al Balber at:  maryal.balber@minnstate.edu; 651 201-1752
Scott Goings at: scott.goings@minnstate.edu; 651 201-1753

IT – SEVIS Technical Assistance
Provides programming, training and other technical assistance on system SEVIS implementation.  For more information, please contact:
Robert Huls at:  Robert.huls@minnstate.edu; 218 308-2480
Kristie Cencer at: Kristie.cencer@minnstate.edu; 320 223-6443

Risk Management
Contact Keswic Joiner for assistance related to insurance coverage and other risk management issues.  Keswic.joiner@so.mnscu.edu 651 201-1778.

Additional Resources

University of Minnesota International Student & Scholar Services
Web site with extensive links to a wide variety of information useful to international advisors as well as students and visiting scholars.  http://www.isss.umn.edu

Study Minnesota www.studyminnesota.us
A membership organization that system colleges and universities may join in order to promote Minnesota as a destination for international students.  In addition to offering a web presence, membership presents other potential opportunities for marketing through the US Department of Commerce and MN Trade Office.  System colleges and universities interested in exploring membership should contact Todd Harmening at: todd.harmening@minnstate.edu for more information.

Addressing Mental Health Issues with International Students

International Student Advising Resource List for Minnesota

FAQs Re: Law Enforcement, International Students and You

Deferred Action for Undocumented Students FAQ's

Contact:
Daniel McCabe
Assistant General Counsel
Phone:  651-201-1833
E-mail:  daniel.mccabe@minnstate.edu

Notice:  The purpose of this site is to provide general information only and nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice.  The information provided on this site is not intended to alter or amend official Minnesota State policy or procedure.

The Office of General Counsel provides technical assistance on best practices, policy and legal compliance and legal advice on international activity issues faced by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Board Policy and System Procedure

Resources

Contact:
Scott Goings
Assistant General Counsel
Phone:  651-201-1753
E-mail:  scott.goings@minnstate.edu

Daniel McCabe
Assistant General Counsel
Phone: 651-201-1833
E-Mail: daniel.mccabe@minnstate.edu

Mary Al Balber
Assistant General Counsel
Phone: 651-201-1753
E-mail: maryal.balber@minnstate.edu

Notice:  The purpose of this site is to provide general information only and nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice.  The information provided on this site is not intended to alter or amend official Minnesota State policy or procedure.