The United States of America is a global destination for international students seeking quality and research-based education. Yearly, the number of international students seeking admission in the US is continually on the rise.
However, going to study in the US can be a bit confusing if you are unsure of what to expect and not having adequate knowledge before moving there.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about what an international student can do in the United States without getting a frown from the authorities.
CAN AN INTERNATIONAL WORK IN THE US?
Foreign students can engage in a part-time job while studying in the United States.
However, foreign students on F1 visa can not get off-campus employment during their first year of study.
Although, after one year of study, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under certain conditions can offer permissions to foreign students.
CAN AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IN THE US TRAVEL TO CANADA?
International students studying in the US can travel to Canada but must apply for a Canadian visitor visa at the Canadian consulate in the US. However, international students from visa-exempt countries do not need to apply for a visa before entering Canada.
CAN AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOTE IN THE US?
Only American citizens are permitted by law to vote in elections like elections for federal offices such as the Presidency or Congress. However, international students may vote for student government elections on campus.
CAN FOREIGN STUDENTS VOLUNTEER IN THE US?
Foreign students can volunteer while studying in the US, however, foreign students are advised to keep to the rules and regulations of the Department of Homeland Security by maintaining their non-immigrant status as a foreign student.
IS INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN THE US?
International students in the US with an F-1 visa qualifies to work either during or after their studies under certain conditions.
International students are allowed 20 hours of work, and for CPT, students are mandated to completed their first year of study and must apply for authorization on their visa and only after receiving an updated I-20 form can they begin their internship.
CAN A FOREIGN STUDENT IN THE US TRAVEL WITHIN THE US WITHOUT NEED FOR AN I-20 FORM?
While studying in the United States, international students on an F-1 visa are permitted to travel within the US and internationally outside the US.
In order to maintain your student status especially while traveling outside the US, it is imperative to comply with the US immigration regulations.
In order to stay out of trouble, ensure you have your Temporary Resident Card and drivers license if you plan on driving. Always carry your Student Passport and ID with you for proper identification.
ARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US ELIGIBLE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?
almost all universities in the US have scholarship programs available to international students.
More than 600 American universities offer scholarships worth over $20,000 or more to qualified international students according to the Fulbright Commission.
The Fulbright program in the US offers scholarships to international students who intend to pursue a Masters or Ph.D. degree. The scholarship also extends to non-degree postgraduate studies. The Fulbright grants cater for tuition, airfare, textbooks, health insurance, and living stipends.