How to Employ A Foreign Student
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Last year I gave a presentation at a local University to employers about the advantages of employing students from foreign countries, here in student visa status. The Director of the Career Center told me that local employers were afraid of the process involved in hiring them!
To this I say Pshaw!!! Look at the untapped potential for a wonderful talented employee, who is willing and wanting to learn and be part of the employing company. Imagine that student has already passed several hurdles such as qualifying to enter a prestigious University, probably has a revealed a superior understanding of her subject and has demonstrated to University admission officers and professors at their college that she can match the best of any local talent! These students have probably passed several more exams in an effort to enter an American University! Does that not show grit and hard work – truly American as apple pie! Like the old E.F. Hutton ad said, “they earned it”.
How to hire a student on an F-1 visa?
This is a great way to test the waters. There are many foreign students with experience who are at University in a Master’s program or even a second Bachelor’s degree.
Caveat! Employ a student from an accredited University, please.
Nalini S Mahadevan, JD, MBA
Not intended as legal advice or meant to create an client attorney relationship!