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Monica Sharp
Works at Terra Dotta LLC
Attended University of Oklahoma
Lives in Norman, OK
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Director, International Student Services
US immigration law, global mobility, student health insurance, consular processes, federal agencies; skilled writer, editor, speaker, communicator
  • Terra Dotta LLC
    Product Specialist, 2013 - present
  • University of Oklahoma
    Director, International Student Services, 2006 - 2013
    - Manage staff of twelve (seven international student advisers, a staff assistant, four student assistants) - Oversee and advise international students at OU (particularly F-1 and J-1 status) at all degree levels - Research, interpret and apply US immigration regulations to advance and resolve student benefits - Craft and implement consistent internal policies that provide international students with the maximum benefits allowable under federal regulations - Support existing programs, develop new programs - Provide input and headcount for global international recruiting activities - Recommend and implement renewable key funding streams to support office needs and programs - RO (Responsible Officer) for J-1 Exchange Visitor programs - Manage PDSO (Primary Designated School Official) for F-1 programs - Campus-wide resource for immigration issues and questions that deal with issues related to study in the US and student visas - Completed year on secondment with the University of Oklahoma at OU in Arezzo, teaching a course on contemporary Italian immigration to American students and providing onsite mentoring, while continuing to manage the office from abroad with the assistance of my Norman staff.
  • T-Mobile USA
    Immigration Specialist, 2001 - 2004
  • University of Oklahoma
    Spanish Instructor, 2004 - 2005
  • Microsoft
    Technical Editor, 2000 - 2001
    On contract.
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
    Immigration Paralegal, 1998 - 1998
  • Associated Catholic Charities
    Immigration Assistant, 1997 - 1998
  • U.S. Senate
    Intern, 1994 - 1994
    Just like "Veep."
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Norman, OK
Arezzo, Italy - Seattle, WA - New York, NY - Houston, TX - Traverse City, MI - Strasbourg, France - Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Ponca City, OK - Oklahoma City, OK - Speightstown, Barbados
Global moxie to the fore.
Immigration professional since 1997. Expertise in student visas, family-based and employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, family reunification, political asylum cases, waivers of removal, motions to reopen and reconsider, VAWA petitions, community outreach, Cuban Parole Board hearings, and more. 

I am professionally active in NAFSA ( - International Educators' Association). I served as the past NAFSA Region III (OK, TX, AR, LA) Liaison for International Student and Scholar Services (KCISSS) (2009-2011), and completed an appointment on the NAFSA National Leadership Team for KCISSS (2011-2013). Starting in January 2014, I'll serve on the national NAFSA ISSRP International Student Subcommittee. 

I write a regular column, "Consider the Campus," for Lexis/Nexis's Bender's Immigration Bulletin, appear on local news about immigration and international students, and was a regular panelist on KGOU's "World Views" (, NPR affiliate). I provide background information on US immigration for media, researchers, and reporters.

I've been on the other side, traveling extensively, and being an expat myself in Spain, France, and Italy, having most recently completed a year working and living abroad in Arezzo, Italy.

StrengthsQuest themes: Strategic, Achiever, Input, Learner, Connectedness.
Bragging rights
I'll cop to fluency in Spanish and French. Wide familiarity with a spectrum of global languages. I am at home in the world.
  • University of Oklahoma
    BA, Letters and Spanish, 1991 - 1995
    Graduated summa cum laude; studied abroad in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Strasbourg, France
  • University of Oklahoma
    MA, Spanish, 2005 - 2008
    Emphasis on medieval Spanish literature. Spanish graduate assistant; teaching instructor.
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It's Mark, and he's honest! Helped me replace not one, but two rearview mirrors on my 2001 Camry. Mark is wonderful to work with, fast and professional, and VERY fairly priced. The man knows what he's doing. I'll be calling him again if we have a car problem.
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