Part time work opportunity can help you to earn enough to cut your daily expenses. But you should decide first the reason to get a job-whether
it is to reduce the burden of your course fee or to gain some work experience.
Remember, however, that as an International Student, you can't simply go out and get any desirable job. There are some rules that you have to
follow.Before you start finding a job in the USA as a student, contact your Designated School Official (DSO). Then, DSO will guide you throughout the
procedure of applying for a Social Security Number which is required for all students working in the U.S. and help you through various steps.
There are four ways for International Students to work legally in the U.S. on an F1 (student) visa:
- On-Campus Employment: On-campus employment makes students eligible to work on campus or at an 'educationally affiliated off-campus location". So, you are free to work in your campus like a bookstore, library, cafeteria etc. Allowed working hours are limited to 20 hours per week during your course but full-time during holidays and vacation periods.
- Off-Campus Employment: Off-campus employment opportunities are available for those students who have completed their one-full academic year in the U.S. To apply for off-campus employment, you must have approval from the DSO. After getting approval, you can work off-campus 20 hours per week.
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): CPT is actually designed to give you real-world experience in your study field like an internship etc. But you must have completed one full academic year to be eligible for CPT. With CPT, there is no weekly hour limit. Students with CPT are allowed to do a full time job.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT): OPT is a temporary employment related to study field by which eligible students can get up to 12 months of OPT employment.