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Can I Work in the U.S. as an International Student?


Studying in the United States can be expensive for American and international students alike. Therefore, obtaining employment opportunities can be extremely beneficial to help reduce college-related expenses. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain whether foreign nationals can legally work while studying in the United States.

If you need legal assistance getting your student visa, contact our Dallas immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a case review!

Can I Work in the U.S. with a Student Visa?

Yes, international students can work in the United States while studying; however, there are some restrictions. International students who have an F-1 or M-1 visa can work on-campus and in specified training programs for their first academic year. International students are not allowed to work off-campus during their first year. They can only work in college positions – such as:

  • The library
  • The cafeteria
  • The student center

After the first academic year, international students can start working off-campus by enrolling in programs specifically for international students seeking employment. The programs may include:

Can F-1 Visa Students Work Off-Campus?

Students with F-1 visas may be eligible to work off-campus on a case-by-case basis. The student would need to demonstrate that they have severe economic hardship or special student relief that should exempt them from the rules.

However, the job they choose must be related to their area of study. International students must also receive authorization from the Designated School Official and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work off-campus.

Dallas Immigration Attorneys

If you want to study in the United States, our team at Akula & Associates P.C. can help you. Applying for any visa can be complicated, so it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you achieve your desired results. Our team at Akula & Associates P.C. can guide you through the process from start to finish.

Contact our Dallas immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a consultation!