Hiring International MBAs
International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status can work in the U.S. as summer interns without sponsorship. This process is at no cost to the employer, and little paperwork is involved. Please follow these steps:
- Send an offer letter on company letterhead to NC State MBA student. It should state employment dates, hours, location, and job specifications.
- Submit the student’s work application with the letter of employment.
Most international students in F-1 or J-1 status can accept short-term employment for up to 12 months. During this time, there are no costs to the employer.
International students may qualify for an H-1B visa, which allows them to work in the U.S. for up to six years.
- The employer must submit the visa petition and pay filing fees.
- Processing times for H-1B visas vary. “Premium Processing” is an option if the position and employee qualify. For timely processing, we strongly recommend this option.
- Most employers work with a lawyer to help with H-1B visa or permanent residency petitions.
Employers are strongly encouraged to visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website (http://www.uscis.gov) for the most recent information and regulations.
Spotlight on Gaurav Chhabra
International Success at Apple
With eight years' of experience as an electronics engineer, Gaurav Chhabra, originally from New Delhi, India, said he entered the MBA program because "I wanted to broaden my horizons and get to know the business side of things. In the next few years, I see myself growing as a business professional, but still using my technical knowledge."
He credits the Jenkins MBA curriculum for providing both the theoretical and experiential learning – on top of his prior engineering experience – that enabled him to stand out when meeting with recruiters and prepared him for his role at Apple.
"The Jenkins MBA really helped me take that leap from thinking like an engineer to thinking like a manager. The two-year full-time program made me think critically about business problems and how to go about solving them," he said.
What does F-1 status mean?
An F-1 visa is a student visa, in which an international student can complete a summer internship. When an international student’s F-1 Visa expires at graduation, he or she is eligible for Optional Practical Training. Students hired for Practical Training are not required to change their immigration status for at least12 months following graduation.
Is it more costly to hire an international student?
International students may work a summer internship and for the 12 months following graduation without sponsorship at no additional cost to the employer. Over this period, international employees can help employers streamline the process of applying for an H-1B visa. On average, the cost of an H-1B visa is less than the average MBA signing bonus.
Does a student need to have work authorization when I hire them?
No, a student does not need to have work authorization upon accepting an offer. However, they must have work authorization upon starting a job. Students apply for work authorization in coordination with NCSU-OIS.
How long does it take for a student to receive work authorization?
It typically takes three months to receive work authorization after initializing paperwork. Students start the process on their own in late February or early March before graduation. There are no costs and little paperwork involved for the employer in this process.
Can I employ international students after their student work authorization expires?
You can continue to employ international students by applying for and receiving H-1B status with USCIS. Students can also continue to work under the T.N. and E-3 categories, which do not require USCIS approval.
When should I apply for an employee’s H1B Visa?
H-1B status is offered once a year in April. Employers must work with students to submit paperwork by this date. Further information can be found on the USCIS website.