International students enrolled at USC generally hold an F-1 visa or J-1 visa. No paperwork is required for an employer who hires F-1 or J-1 students, except for the offer letter itself. All paperwork is handled by the students, the school, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Also, there are no fees associated with hiring a student for Curricular, Academic, or Optional Practical Training.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it illegal to hire international students because they do not have a green card?
No. Federal regulations permit the employment of international students on F-1 and J-1 visas within certain limits. These visas allow students to work in jobs related to their concentrations during their studies or after graduation for one to one-and-a-half years.
Do international students need work authorization before I can hire them?
International students must have work authorization before they begin actual employment, but not before they are offered employment. Many F-1 students will be in the process of obtaining work authorization while they are interviewing for employment. Students can give employers a reasonable estimate of when they expect to receive work authorization.
Even if it’s legal to hire international students, won’t it cost a lot of money and involve a lot of paperwork?
No. The only cost to the employer hiring international students is the time and effort to interview and select the best candidate for the job. The international student office handles the paperwork involved in securing the work authorization for F-1 and J-1 students. In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements.