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International Student Advisor & Immigration Specialist (Bilingual)

Contract Full Time


Toronto, ON, Canada

Deadline: 2021-07-31

Posted: 2021-06-28

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York International offers programs and services to over 8,000 international students, scholars, and those who have attained permanent residence status within the last five years. The programs and services support the transition to York University and Canada, create resilient and supportive communities to support student success in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Through our work, and in partnership with Faculties, Division of Vice Provost Students as well as other service providers, York International strives to ensure all students have an opportunity to actively participate in university life, find supportive communities and engage in activities that support their personal, academic and professional goals.

In this role you will serve as the key contact for providing information, support and advise students and visiting scholars on Canadian immigration issues, including entry into Canada, study permit/visa applications of various types of work permits including off campus and post graduate permits, permanent residence and citizenship, taxation issues for foreign nationals and advocate on their behalf when necessary. Provide accurate, timely information to a diverse population and triage student referrals to other internal and external service providers. In addition, the incumbent will coordinate, provide services and advise refugees, domestic, and non-traditional or unique international programs such as international visiting research trainees (IVRTs), student refugee and/or sponsored programs, visiting undergraduate students for research internships (i.e.: MITACS), inbound exchange students, new immigrant and English language institution students, outbound coop, academic placement and exchange students. The incumbent will plan, deliver and coordinate workshops to assist new and continuing international students with all relevant government regulations and policies related to Citizenship and Immigration to Canada including but not limited to study permit, work permits, temporary residence, post graduate permits and the PR process. Work with Faculties to develop an embedded service delivery model to reach students in their respective academic homes. Develop and maintain essential immigration information for international students and ensure accurate and up to date immigration information for the website and related publications. Responsible to maintain expertise in Citizenship and Immigration Canada updates, news, program and policies and website navigation and share or report within the department and within the university. Function as the York University's expert on immigration policies and regulations for international and domestic students. Liaise and collaborate with both internal and external partners to provide seamless and knowledgeable services and referral. Establishing an appropriate level of professionalism, developing partnerships both within and outside of the institution. Participate, collaborate and support programs and events within the York International as appropriate, which may include attendance after hours. Participate in discussion and information sharing of the national Student Advisory network (SACE) and related Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) activities or related immigration external professional associations.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will bring the following:

University Degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Immigration Consultant Certificate (in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) either as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA)) or Lawyers and Paralegals in good standing with a provincial or territorial law society required with a thorough understanding of immigration legislation, Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and its regulations (IRPR). Minimum of five years related experience and direct experience working with international students at the post-secondary level preferred. Experience in designing and conducting effective educational workshops. Experience in program development, implementation and evaluation. Experience in an intercultural environment either by working or living internationally. Fluency in languages other than English but including French required. Experience in managing the development of publications is an asset.

For full position details, including skills and knowledge requirements, and to apply to this exciting opportunity visit the External Career Portal ( and refer to posting 103150.

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