Visa Crunch

Part-time job opportunities for international students in the US

The majority of international students study in the United States on an F-1 (non-immigrant) student visa. Students with an F-1 visa are only permitted to work on the campus of the university where they are enrolled in their degree. International students are not permitted to work off-campus in the United States, with a few exceptions that we will address next week. On-campus employment is likewise restricted to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic semester and 40 hours per week during academic breaks. Furthermore, overseas students are only permitted to work on campus if they are enrolled full-time in an academic program.

On-campus employment opportunities are contingent on the availability of such positions. Students may apply for assistantships during their application or after admission if a department or institution provides them. An assistantship usually means that the student does not pay tuition and instead receives a scholarship or stipend to cover some or all of their living expenses, meals, books, and personal expenses. Assistantship stipends differ from one university to another.

Teaching assistantships (TA), Graduate assistantships (GA), and/or Research assistantships (RA) are available to students and allow them to assist their departments with teaching, research, both teaching, and research, or another department/college work. Students can learn more about assistantship opportunities by visiting the department’s or college’s website or contacting the department. There are two types of profiles: “teaching fellows” are often graduate students, whereas “teaching assistants” may also be graduates, but their tasks are less formal, such as handing out and collecting assignments. Because there are seldom formal openings for this position, students ask their lecturers if they can assist them during their freshman year.

Students can look for work in the computer center on campus. All universities in the United States provide technical support to libraries, classrooms, and laboratories, thus it’s a crucial job to have. Furthermore, students will only be obliged to work in the event of an emergency, allowing them to concentrate on their studies during their free time.

Extracurricular events such as dances, concerts, comedy shows, and plays are highly valued at American universities. All of these events necessitate a significant amount of backstage and technical effort. If a student is interested in cultural performances, this is wonderful employment that will pay them and allow them to see free shows while they work.

In the United States, campus tours are a popular activity for prospective students and applicants. Because American campuses are so large and have so much historic architecture, guided and paid tours are just a means to have a better understanding of the campus. When a student is familiar with the school, they can take on this role in their second, third, or fourth year. To give group tours, personal tours, and talk to potential students about everything the college has to offer, this profession demands you to be outgoing and courteous.

Students can also apply for other on-campus positions, which are often posted through a student job portal at most US universities. Because all open opportunities are competitive, students should apply as soon as feasible. Before applying for the post, they should take a good look at the eligibility requirements. 

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