The luxury of working part-time when studying abroad is indeed special. Not every international student abroad gets this opportunity. Each country has its own specifications about working part-time and the wages offered also vary. This article will look at the varying rules about international students working part-time and also list popular part-time work-options.
Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while your course is in session, and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break, but before you undertake any paid work you need to make sure your visa allows you to work.
The USA has very strict rules about allowing international students to work and generally undergraduate students are not granted permission to work part-time. Students on an F-1 visa can only work on-campus in their first year of studies. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant permission to F-1 visa holders to work off-campus in their second year of study.
Students also need to get authorisation from their Designated School Official (DSO) to work off-campus. Students on an M-1 visa cannot take up employment other than for practical training. The weekly restrictions range between 12 and 16 hours. Students are advised to contact their institution’s career services team office for exact details and eligibility requirements.
Based on the type of visa that the student is in the UK; usually a Tier-4 visa; students from non-EU countries get to work on an average of 20 hours per week during semester-time and full-time during the holidays or semester-break. The maximum hours you can work during term-time are normally printed on your visa sticker or Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP).
Singapore also has very strict rules about international students working part-time. Only students studying in those Universities and Polytechnics listed by the government of Singapore are allowed to work for 16 hours a week.
International students are also allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days while studying full-time in Malaysia, subject to immigration requirements.
Popular part-time work options:
Popular part-time jobs that students get include, working as waiters/waitresses in restaurants, catering assistants, pizza-delivery boys, working as baristas in cafes; working in amusement parks and theatres as ticketing and parking assistants; and support staff in call centres.
Wages depend on the nature of the job and the number of hours the student is able to commit to the job. Additionally, jobs in restaurants and pizza-delivery may result in customers offering tips, which may have a small impact on how much money the student actually makes. On an average, minimum wages are about 6 dollars and hour; wages depend on the nature of work and the organisation where the student finds a job. The maximum wages go up to 10 dollars an hour.
Steps to secure part-time jobs:
The internet is full of local job-websites, which have listings for part-time job requirements. You can also find easy ways to find part-time jobs on our blog sections. Also contact your institution’s ‘Career Services Team’ for information on any relevant jobs both on-campus and in local companies.
A part-time job is an excellent way to supplement one’s income when studying. It allows students to gain a keen idea of local culture, meet new people and also understand various business models.
If a student aspires to become an entrepreneur at a later stage; work-experience gained in a restaurant or a super-market will offer real-world learning on the problems that one may face. Remember do not let work-pressure affect your studies, in your pursuit of an extra shift for a few dollars more do not lose focus on completing your degree with good marks.