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Paula Álvarez Appointed Consular Affairs Liaison

Paula Álvarez will serve as the Philadelphia Liaison on the Italy team of the Consular Affairs Liaison (CAL) Subcommitte. She will be working with NAFSA to address education abroad visa inquiries, issues, and procedures.

Her major functions and responsibilities are:

  • Initiate, sustain, and enrich working relationships with the visa officer at the assigned consulate.

  • Respond to requests for assistance from education abroad colleagues regarding student visa matters.

  • Identify changes in visa policies and procedures and inform the country coordinator and NAFSA staff.

  • Work with the country coordinator for the same country, and with NAFSA staff to resolve policy and procedure issues in a fashion that assists the consulate visa office and the study abroad program advisers.

  • Consult with the country coordinator regarding action needed to resolve emergencies reported by the education abroad community.

  • Provide input for the new Education Abroad Visa Help online tool for EA consular liaisons, as requested.

  • Encourage members and others to report emerging trends to IssueNet, Education Abroad Visa Help, and/or the EA KC Discussion Forum.

  • Participate in the NAFSA EA visa-related sessions.