Many intermediate students dream of attaining a scholarship to study abroad in the USA. While many students are able to achieve this dream, thanks to the many scholarship opportunities available at the HEC and institutions, international students often undermine the hefty cost of living in the American economy.
Thus, if you are planning to study abroad in the USA after the completion of your intermediate final exams, then consider the possibility of getting a job. The USA offers various job opportunities to international students, to help them finance their studies and lifestyle in the American economy.
Benefits of Working in the American Economy for Pakistani Students
Here are some reasons why you may want to consider getting a job while studying abroad in the USA:
- It provides an opportunity to gain practical experience of working in the American economy, which can lead to better career prospects after graduation
- Great way to develop real-life skills and responsibility while studying abroad
- Addition to resumes which add a valuable share of experience that will impress future employers.
- Provides an opportunity to gain greater exposure while studying abroad by increasing interaction with locals and other international students
- Great opportunity to polish up your English and communication skills while studying in the USA
- Supplements income for international students, in addition to scholarships, which allows them to afford the various costs of studying abroad
- The students have an added advantage to avail the jobs either full time or part time depending on their schedules.
- Students are paid the wages which are similar to that which are paid to the American Citizens.
Job Opportunities in the American Economy for International Students
International students have certain restrictions when it comes to finding jobs in the American economy. However, the student visa does provide some allowances for international students to pursue certain jobs while studying abroad in the USA.
Here are the job opportunities available for international students in the American economy:
On Campus Jobs
Many international students are able to find on campus employment. This refers to all sorts of jobs that are available on campus or at any other place which is acting in affiliation to the campus. The working hours are twenty hours per week at the time of the school, and full time employment is allowed during vacations.
Off Campus Jobs
Off campus jobs are available to international students after their first year, who prove to have qualifying economic hardship or an emergent circumstance. They can find jobs at different locations and businesses, however, the limit of working hours is twenty hours per week. Students can work more hours during vacations, as long as working doesn’t affect their academic performance.
Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) should be part of your school curriculum. It is designed to give you real-world experience in your field of study, like an internship or practicum with a partnering employer. Unlike other employment categories, CPT can be full time, with no weekly hour limit. You can also have more than one CPT authorization at the same time. This opportunity is available to international students after their first year. However, students who opt for CPT become ineligible for OPT.
Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) refers to temporary employment relating to your field of study (working at a TV station, for example, would qualify if you’re studying journalism). Eligible students can receive up to 12 months of OPT employment. In order to qualify for OPT, you will need approval from your Designated School Official (DSO), who will then endorse your application and help you submit it to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
There are two types of OPT:
This option is available once you have completed one full academic year at a U.S. college or university. You can work up to 20 hours a week when school is in session or full time when it is not.
You can apply for this option after completing your studies. Those who are authorized for post-completion OPT can work either part time or full time.
How to Get a Job in the USA as an International Student
If you plan to study abroad in the USA, then you will likely require some form of employment in the American economy. However, it is extremely important to understand your liberties and limitations for finding a job in the USA while on a student visa.
Working a job in a manner that goes against the limitations of the student visa can lead to serious consequences, such as deportation.
Therefore, make sure to thoroughly understand the rules and regulations of the student visa before you seek employment in the US economy. This will lead to a smooth experience while studying abroad in America.