International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) is part of Human Resources. The IFSS staff assists the academic and administrative departments at the University of Oklahoma in obtaining and maintaining the appropriate immigration status for the employment of international faculty, scholars, and staff.
Nima Zecavati, JD, MPH, RO
Immigration Attorney - Legal Counsel
Director - Human Resources
As head of IFSS, Mr. Zecavati is responsible for supervising employment based immigration matters for all five campuses governed by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Mr. Zecavati received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma. He earned his
Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and was a Merit Scholar at Oklahoma City University where he earned his Juris Doctorate.
Mr. Zecavati has experience in a variety of areas of immigration law including employment and family based immigration law. He is a member of numerous professional associations including the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Young Lawyers Association, American Bar Association and College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. Mr. Zecavati is licensed to practice law in the Western District of Oklahoma Federal Court and The Oklahoma State Supreme Court.
Vicky Martin, SPHR
Lead Immigration Analyst / ARO
Ms. Martin advises OUHSC and OU-Tulsa international faculty, staff, and campus departments on employment-based immigration rules and regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. Ms. Martin provides integral support in H-1B, E-3, O-1, TN, Conrad waivers, Permanent Labor Certification, and I-140 Immigrant Visa cases. Ms. Martin has over 25 years of experience working with international faculty, staff, and scholars at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Isabel Suk-Han Chu, M.Ed., M.A.
Senior Immigration Specialist / ARO
Ms. Chu advises OU-Norman and OU-Tulsa international faculty, staff, and campus departments on employment based immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. She holds two Master degrees, the first in School Guidance and Counseling from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the second in Education (Community Counseling) from DePaul University.
Senior Immigration Analyst & ARO
Ms. Engles advises OUHSC, Rogers State University, Cameron University, and Oklahoma City Community College international faculty, staff, and campus departments on employment-based immigration regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. Ms. Engles provides support in H-1B, E-3, TN, and I-140 Immigrant Visa cases. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Security Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Immigration Specialist / ARO
Mr. Telfer advises the OUHSC campus regarding J-1 Research Scholar regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. He is an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and authorized by the Department of State to issue the DS-2019 to foreign national scholars. Mr. Telfer earned a Bachelor's degree in History from The University of California, Berkeley.
Jenny (Lu) Machette
Immigration Specialist / ARO
Ms. Machette advises the OU Norman campus regarding J-1 Research Scholar regulations including travel, employment, and maintenance of status. She is an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) and authorized by the Department of State to issue the DS-2019 to foreign national scholars. Ms. Machette earned a Bachelor's degree in International Business from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.
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Please be advised that the information contained on this website is not designed as legal advice and may be subject to change at any time in light of new or additional laws and procedures associated with immigration law. You are further advised that the information contained within this website is subject to legal interpretation by agencies outside of the University’s control.
The information is provided to you for informational purposes only. International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) services are intended to help the University of Oklahoma fulfill its research, instructional, and outreach mission.
While every reasonable effort is made to provide departments and employees with timely assistance for job-related immigration concerns, assistance cannot be provided for personal or family immigration issues and may be further limited by staff resources and institutional priorities.
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