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Dena Neese

Associate Director, International Support Services
Dena Neese stands on the mall in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background.
University Gateway Center
902 Prices Fork Road, Suite 120
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Mail Code (0265)

Expertise: On-boarding new international employees.  Handling employment-based nonimmigrant and permanent residency matters.  Managing immigration data and reporting.  Process and policy development.  Immigration-related training.

Education: J.D., University of Arizona; Bachelor’s degree, International Studies, University of Oregon.

Experience: Dena has managed employment-based immigration matters in-house for institutions of higher education for 12 years. She has also worked as an immigration attorney in the private sector, representing researchers, teaching faculty and universities, as well as a Fortune 500 company. She has handled immigration removal/litigation matters before the EOIR/Immigration Court in Arizona, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dena volunteers regularly with NAFSA, the Association for International Educators, where she presents on employment-based immigration topics related to higher education. She has authored university-related immigration publications for both NAFSA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.