Question from Reader.
I’m a graduate student doing my Masters in US. I started my course in Jan 2011.
Currently I’m on F1 visa, according to this visa I cannot work off campus of an academic year i.e till Jan 2012.
In case if a company offers me full-time job before tat or an internship should the company immediately change my visa to H1B ?
Is there any way I can stay on with F1 visa and still work ?
I do know about co-op but tat requires me to be enrolled in school as a full-time student. in case I get a co-op which require me to relocate is it legal to take up the co-op?
Off Campus Jobs
- You cannot take part-time jobs from off campus while in F1 Visa.
- Only way for you to work for a company is via internship and CPT after 2 semesters.
Read this post where I have discussed about On campus, Part Time jobs and internships.
F1 to H1B
If you get full-time job while doing Masters through direct employment (not through consulting companies) then I would seriously consider taking the job.
But, under following conditions
- You can continue to attend schools (campus or online)
- you have determination to finish Masters.
If you have asked the same questions 3 years back, I would recommend against taking up the job offer. But, now finding job takes a lot of effort, so if you get one, then explore the options that would allow you to continue and complete Masters degree.
If you have additional questions about the process or studying while on H1B, post a comment.