May 2013: The Adviser's Manual

The NAFSA’s Adviser’s Manual is an easy-to-navigate, searchable, and frequently-updated online resource that provides information regarding immigration processes and government regulations for advisers who work with international students and scholars. The Adviser’s Manual was converted to a web publication in 2007. In 2010, the Manual was upgraded to version 2.0, which included faster download times, better search functionality, and new user customizations like notes, section printing, and bookmarking. We’re now planning for future upgrades to the Manual, and we would like your input in two main areas:


1) Functionality
- Do you have suggestions for new features or improvements of current features that would help you navigate the Manual or make the Manual work better for you in your job?

2) Content
- How can current content be improved?
- Are there new content areas you would like to see included?
- Do you have any stylistic suggestions?

May 2013: The Adviser's Manual

Visibility

Could the online manual be placed in a more prominent location on the website. It is currently so far embedded, it takes me such a long time to locate it.

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Forum Tied to the Manual

I'd like to see a NAFSA forum where we can discuss issues that is linked to the manual perhaps with tags or something. So if I'm looking at the J-1 English proficiency requirement in the Manual, I can click on a link to the forum where people are discussing this exact issue.

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Additional Guidelines for CPT

I would greatly appreciate an expanded section for Curricular Practical Training, including best practices, paid vs. unpaid experiences, documentation requirements and examples.

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New Content

For content, I would like to see content related to IEP students gathered in one place.

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Offer printed version of the advisor's manual

It would be helpful to have a printed version, as an option, in addition to the online version. I am appreciative of the online version, the speed of updates, and availability of features, however it is extremely helpful to be able to have a printed manual and review with students and scholars and/or to have available when computers or the internet are not options.

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Procedures for applying for economic hardship work authorization

This section doesn't include information about the possibility of applying for a fee waiver.

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Content

I recently went in looking for information about record keeping and couldn't really find anything. Sepcifically, looking for what document copies should be retained in student files.

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Regulatory Updates

Accessing updates regarding regulations and finding assistance with regards to the regulations is difficult.

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Termination of SEVIS record listing

I would like to see "Termination of SEVIS record" as a separate listing in the index as opposed to subsuming it under 3D. I would like to see it right under 3D and have it become 3E thus changing the other designations.

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Exporting Notes

In terms of functionality, I would like to be able to export my notes.

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Numbers Associated with Titles of chapters in content

I think it would be great if the content of chapters in the NAFSA Advisor's Manual also contained the section numbers too. such as 3A(3.1-3.5).

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Contents

The box in which the Contents section appears should be wider and larger.

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