CareerManagementOfficeCleveland SHRMHiring International Students:It’s Easier Than You Think
Topics Introduction Why hire international students? Myths about hiring Employment options for international students...
Introduction Weatherhead School of Management is proud of its  culturally diverse student population More than 25 countr...
Why International Students? Extensive work experience   • International exposure   • Multi-lingual   • Team-management in...
Myths“International students need work authorization beforewe can make an offer”• NO• Students DO NOT need work authorizat...
Myths“Hiring process is extensive and paper work is timeintensive”• The hiring process is no more extensive than hiring  a...
Myths“It is illegal to hire a student without a green card”• Federal law permits international students to obtain  off-cam...
Myths“An employer has to prove that international studentsare not taking jobs away from a qualified Americans”• NO• Employ...
Employment OptionsInternational students are LEGALLY permitted toobtain internships (while in school & after graduation)an...
What is CPT?Employment which is integral or an important part ofstudent’s curriculum and is related to the student’s field...
Who can participate in CPT?Any international student on F-1 visa who:   • Has competed one academic year (9 months) and in...
Employment Options - CPTEmployer Obligation    Treat them at par with domestic students in the hiring process    Make th...
Final Steps of CPT A student can begin CPT after the Designated School Official  has completed the Form I-20, Certificate...
Sample I-20
What is an OPT? Optional Practical Training authorized by the USCIS   • Based on recommendation from school official   • ...
Employment Options - OPTEmployer Obligation    Treat them at par with domestic students in the hiring process    Talk to...
Sample EAD Card
CPT vs. OPT                                       CPT                                        OPT                      Can...
Summary International students can provide added breadth to  your applicant pool Ask the students about their work autho...
Contact Information Contact Information :   http://weatherhead.case.edu/   11119 Bellflower Road, Room 160   Phone: 216-3...
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Hiring International Students: It's Easier Than You Think

  1. 1. CareerManagementOfficeCleveland SHRMHiring International Students:It’s Easier Than You Think
  2. 2. Topics Introduction Why hire international students? Myths about hiring Employment options for international students Summary
  3. 3. Introduction Weatherhead School of Management is proud of its culturally diverse student population More than 25 countries are currently represented in Weatherhead’s graduate program
  4. 4. Why International Students? Extensive work experience • International exposure • Multi-lingual • Team-management in various environments Divergent thinking on global issues Cross cultural awareness of market dynamics Flexible: Easy to relocate anywhere in the USA Potential relocation to home country would provide employer a reliable international liaison
  5. 5. Myths“International students need work authorization beforewe can make an offer”• NO• Students DO NOT need work authorization before they can be made an offer• They DO need such authorization before they can BEGIN working
  6. 6. Myths“Hiring process is extensive and paper work is timeintensive”• The hiring process is no more extensive than hiring a domestic student• Employers DO NOT need to complete any additional paperwork to be able to legally make a job offer
  7. 7. Myths“It is illegal to hire a student without a green card”• Federal law permits international students to obtain off-campus employment on their F-1 visa• Students are allowed to work in jobs related to their field of education
  8. 8. Myths“An employer has to prove that international studentsare not taking jobs away from a qualified Americans”• NO• Employers DO NOT have to document/ certify that a foreign citizen working on F-1 or H1-B visa prevented a qualified U.S. citizen from obtaining the position• This is needed only during employer-sponsored applications for permanent residency (green card)
  9. 9. Employment OptionsInternational students are LEGALLY permitted toobtain internships (while in school & after graduation)and short term employment (up to 12 months) postgraduation – Requires almost NO ADDITIONAL effortfrom employers compared to hiring domestic students“Practical Training” Options available to students: While in School: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) After graduation: Optional Practical Training (OPT) After OPT: H1-B visa
  10. 10. What is CPT?Employment which is integral or an important part ofstudent’s curriculum and is related to the student’s fieldof study, including: • Internship or practicum • Co-op education
  11. 11. Who can participate in CPT?Any international student on F-1 visa who: • Has competed one academic year (9 months) and in F-1 status at the time of application for CPT • Intends to continue to maintain F-1 student status while on CPT • Can prove to the CMO course advisor that the proposed employment is related to current field of study • Must register and enroll in the internship course (MGMT 418 or 419)
  12. 12. Employment Options - CPTEmployer Obligation  Treat them at par with domestic students in the hiring process  Make the job offer – the offer letter needs to specify details of employment, pay, location, etc.[1]  Allow at least 5 business days for the students to get their work authorization processed through the schoolStudent Obligation • Obtain a detailed offer letter from the employer[1] • Meet with corresponding school official to start the process • DO NOT start before obtaining work authorization and DO NOT continue beyond the authorized period [1] Ask me for a sample or visit our international student website
  13. 13. Final Steps of CPT A student can begin CPT after the Designated School Official has completed the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Students Status endorsement page. The DSO-endorsed Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Students Status together with the student’s Form I-94/94A indicating F-1 nonimmigrant status is evidence of employment authorization.
  14. 14. Sample I-20
  15. 15. What is an OPT? Optional Practical Training authorized by the USCIS • Based on recommendation from school official • Most frequently used for up to 12 months of post graduation full-time employment in field of study Students receiving OPT permission are issued an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) • Indicates starting and ending dates of authorization • Looks like a photo - ID • Average processing times from receipt of student’s application is typically 2-3 months • CANNOT start before EAD is received
  16. 16. Employment Options - OPTEmployer Obligation  Treat them at par with domestic students in the hiring process  Talk to the student about acquiring OPT authorization in time for the target start date  Make the job offer[1]Student Obligation • Attend the OPT workshop in spring • Apply for OPT at least 90 days before graduation • DO NOT need a offer letter for application [1] Students DO NOT need a offer letter to apply for OPT authorization from USCIS
  17. 17. Sample EAD Card
  18. 18. CPT vs. OPT CPT OPT  Can be granted during an academic  Usually used after graduation; but can program only be used for summer internshipsAppropriate timeof using CPT/ OPT  Cannot be used after graduation  Graduate students may start OPT before graduation, but after completing all coursework  YES  Job offer NOT requiredSpecific job offer  CPT can be approved for a specific job offer at a time, for each semester  Proposed employment must be related  Students have to demonstrate thatPropriety of to course of study employment is in his or her field ofEmployment study  ISS at Case  USCIS (process can take up to 4 months)Authorizing entity  ISS can only provide recommendation for approval  No time limit  Maximum total length of 12 months per  Using CPT for full-time employment degree level, for STEM students 17Term of use extra months. (40 hr/ week) for 12 total months will result in ineligibility for OPT
  19. 19. Summary International students can provide added breadth to your applicant pool Ask the students about their work authorization Students are responsible to acquire proper work authorization after you make the offer Plan on welcoming a dedicated, productive, and driven professional on her first day
  20. 20. Contact Information Contact Information : http://weatherhead.case.edu/ 11119 Bellflower Road, Room 160 Phone: 216-368-3662 Fax: 216-368-1483 Meenakshi Sharma Meenakshi.sharma@case.edu 216-368-2095

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