Helping Afghan Students Navigate the Visa Process

In this timely briefing, co-hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, we heard from experts on how to help displaced Afghan students successfully navigate the visa process. With the increased number of Afghans who have fled their country of origin and are now seeking higher education opportunities in the United States, a broad array of campus stakeholders are eager to help them find paths to study, teach or conduct research. Drawing on lessons learned to date about what works and what doesn’t, as well as leveraging new guidance from the State Department to consular officers about “residence abroad’ and “present intent to depart,” this webinar provided campus officials, faculty and administrators with resources to help advise Afghan students who are eager to secure F or J visas to come to the United State to study or conduct research. This webinar is intended to provide perspectives and resources to help institutions support students through the visa process but does not constitute legal advice.

You can find the resource folder here.


  • Kelli Duehning, Partner, Berry Appleman & Leiden
  • David Fosnocht, Director of Immigration Practice Resources, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Ahmad Shoaib Jalil, Student, Bard College
  • Crystal Martinez, Director of Education, University of California – Federal Government Relations
  • David Plack, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department Of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


  • Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Director, IEM-ISS Services and Volunteer Engagement, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Jill Welch, Senior Policy Advisor, Presidents’ Alliance