Virginia International University is a small, private, non-profit university located about 20 miles of Washington, DC in Fairfax, Virginia. VIU’s student body is positively unique in that over 90% of our student body is made up of international students. Our students come from more than 60 countries to study in areas such as Business, Computer Science and Information Systems. VIU offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree programs, and graduate degree programs in these fields. While the majority of our students are here in the United States on international student visas (in legal terms, an F-1 Visa), most are eligible to legally work during their studies here in the United States.
Common Questions & Concerns
Are International Students able to legally work in the United States?
Yes, international students are able to participate in two types of job-related programs during their studies:
It’s too much work for me to hire an international student.
Many companies are afraid to hire international students for the fear of an added amount of administrative work being added to their already-full plates. This fear could not be any more false! Hiring an international student is easy for the employer. All paperwork is handled by the student and the school. The only documentation the student will ask you for is a letter proving the offer of employment, which will show the employment dates (for CPT), the rate of pay, job information, and date of hire.
I’m interested in advertising an internship opportunity. What should I do?
Who can I contact if I have specific questions about hiring an international student?