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Tips for International Students


Nav Bar Step One: Research Step Two: Prepare Step Three: Strategize

Ways to Prepare:

Attend Workshops
Come to a workshop specifically designed for International students. View the schedule.

Search Effectively
Employers indicate if they are able to provide visa sponsorships when they register for Spring Career Days. Use the filter function in the employer database to search for organizations that are looking for international students.

Important Information to Know:

Your Employment Status
In general, not being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident adds a level of difficulty to a job search. It will depend on the industry and the employer. Practical training offers students who have studied in the U.S. on F-1 visas the opportunity to work for up to twelve months in a field related to your studies.

Approaching the Topic of H1-B Visas with Employers
Many employers are intimidated by the U.S. immigration process and are reluctant to sponsor H1-B visas. Therefore, it is important that you know as much as possible about your own status and the immigration process so that you may help educate them and address their concerns.

When should you bring up the issue?
In general, you may want to raise the issue near the end of a positive first interview or at the time of being invited in for a second interview. You should definitely talk to a potential employer about your status before you are offered a job.

What can I do to maximize my chances?
Be prepared to devote a lot of time to your job search! Learn everything you can about the process through which an employer can obtain an H-1 visa for you. In some cases, you'll need to be the one to explain it to an employer. Don't vaguely tell an employer that it's "no problem." Refer to the Department of Labor’s site: http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov for instructions for both candidates and employers.

Assistance on Campus
Career Services counselors are familiar with the special situations you face. You may drop by without an appointment to the Bank of America Career Services building.
We also strongly recommend that you work with the Office of International Programs (410 Boucke Building) to learn more about work permission and immigration regulations.

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