Yes, it is possible to obtain a work permit after getting a student visa in the USA. International students studying in the United States on an F-1 visa may be eligible for certain types of employment during their studies and after graduation.
- On-Campus Employment: F-1 students can work on the campus of their educational institution for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and full-time during breaks.
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): CPT allows F-1 students to participate in paid internships or cooperative education programs that are directly related to their field of study. Prior authorization from the educational institution’s designated official is required.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT): OPT allows F-1 students to work in the United States for up to 12 months after completing their degree. It can be used for internships, employment, or practical training related to their field of study. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree holders may be eligible for an additional 24-month extension of OPT.
- H-1B Visa: After completing their studies, F-1 students may apply for an H-1B visa if they have a job offer from a U.S. employer in a specialized occupation. The H-1B visa allows for temporary employment for up to 3 years (with possible extensions) and is commonly used by employers to hire skilled foreign workers.
It’s important to note that there are specific eligibility requirements and application processes for each type of employment authorization, and they are subject to change. It is recommended to consult the official website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or seek guidance from your designated school official (DSO) for the most up-to-date information and guidance on work permit options for international students in the United States.