What employment opportunities are available to International
opportunities for international students are limited. Working
off-campus is illegal and can lead to deportation from the U.S.
You should not plan on earning substantial money from a part-time
job to help pay for your studies.
On-campus employment for international students is limited to
20 hours per week, usually at minimum wage. Though international
students are allowed to work on campus, these jobs are often
difficult to obtain and do not provide sufficient funds to sustain
education costs. Jobs are offered on university campuses
through the International Students` Office, Housing Services,
the catering services, the Library, etc.
It may be possible to for students to avail of limited
off-campus employment, which is subject to strict regulatory
guidelines. It requires approval from US Immigration & Naturalization
Service. This approval is not easy to get and depends on a special
need. You must have completed one academic year in F-1
status to qualify for an employment authorization from US Immigration
& Naturalization Service (INS).
If unforeseen circumstances
lead to a change in your financial situation, you may obtain
employment authorization based on severe economic hardship.
Examples of unforeseen circumstances include: Loss of your financial
aid or on-campus employment through no fault of your own, an
unexpected increase in your cost of living or tuition, large
medical expenses, a decrease in the value of your home country
currency, or an economic loss suffered by you sponsor.
Students need to
765 (employment authorization) form along with the
letter explaining economic hardships. INS will issue a
work permit only if you can prove that you have a financial
hardship and you need to work to pay your tuition. When
student receives the employment card they are allowed to work
for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and
full time or 40 hrs/week during vacation periods (summer).
As an F-1 student, you are eligible for up to 12 months of Post
–Completion Practical Training which entail a period of authorized
employment, designed to allow foreign students to have professional
work experience related to their field of study. For further
details, contact the foreign student adviser at the university,
after you are enrolled.
have already received 12 months or more of full time curricular
practical training, you are ineligible for Post-Completion Practical
Training. Time spent in Pre-Completion Practical training also
is deducted from the 12 month maximum. You must complete the
12 months of Post-Completion Practical Training within a 14-month
period following the completion of your studies. You will be
authorized only once for Post-Completion Practical Training.