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International Student Career Assistance

My Visa Jobs

MyVisaJobs.com is a visa job solution provider for foreign students seeking job opportunities in U.S. It releases visa reports annually and profiles every U.S. visa sponsor. Over 5 million foreign labor certifications can be searched by employer, location, job title, occupation and industry. Myvisajobs also uses quantitative modeling methods to analyze H1B Visa, Green Card petitions and job openings, and then provides customized work visa solution based on users' skills and preferences. Please use your Louisiana.edu email address and the code LOUV312 to get a free upgrade to your MyVisaJobs membership.

Resume Tips

  • Don't list coursework—focus on your skills.
  • Convert your GPA.
  • Include your language abilities to show diversity.
  • Include your visa status on resume—honesty is the best policy.

References

  • Your best references are professors, advisors, and former employers.
  • Maintain contact with them.
  • Ask the person before you list them as a reference.
  • Give your references a copy of your resume.

Surviving the Interview

  • Practice English.
  • Calm employer fears.
  • Know the visa process.
  • Use cultural and international experience as a strength.
  • Know legal vs. Illegal questions.
  • Be early.

Keys to Success

  • Patience and persistence.
  • Start early (6-8 months).
  • Find a niche.
  • Practice in mock interviews.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Be honest.

Working on Campus

All international students are allowed to work on campus. However, you need authorization from the Office of International Affairs. Hourly limits for scholarships and assistantships are twenty (20) hours per week when school is in session. When school is not in session limit is forty (40) hours per week.

Working off campus

International students are not allowed to work off-campus under three categories. International students are required to obtain the authorization of USCIS in order to work off-campus.

  • Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)
    All International students maintaining their legal status with the USCIS get the privilege to participate in a curriculum practical training for a maximum period of twelve months.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    Employment related to your field of study immediately after completion of studies.

Please contact the Office of International Affairs at 337.482.6819 for more information about further guidance with seeking employment while you are a student at UL Lafayette.