As an international student in the US, you might be considering taking on part-time work during your studies. This is
a good way to supplement your finances. On-campus employment is the type of employment most easily available to
international students, and it does not require approval from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS). However, although on-campus employment is available to both F-1 visa and J-1 visa-holding international
students, opportunities for this kind of employment are limited at most schools. You should also not expect the work
you find to provide much income; most of these jobs are not well-paid. Before accepting on-campus employment, you
will most likely have to obtain permission from your school's International Student Office; some schools may not
permit on-campus employment for international students during their first year or semester.
As an international student with on-campus employment, you are subject to the following rules and regulations:
On-campus employment includes work performed directly for your school, and on the school's premises. This might
include jobs as a teaching or research assistant, or jobs in the university library, dining facilities, laboratories,
and administrative offices. On-campus employment also includes work performed for on-location commercial firms that
provide services for students on campus, and work performed at an off-campus location that is directly affiliated
with the school.
Benefits of On-Campus Employment
Job-searching and interviewing can be nerve-racking, particularly when you've never done it before. Remember to adhere to the following tips:
After gaining on-campus employment, you will need to complete the following forms:
There may also be forms specific to your school. Your school's International Student Office will be able to help you with what you need. Make sure that you utilize them as a valuable resource.
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