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Employer Guide to Hiring International Students


This guide is not intended to and does not serve as legal advice; it is for informational purposes only. UF International Center serves UF International students directly and does not give immigration advice or response to questions from employers. Content is subject to change. Employers are advised to consult an experienced U.S. immigration attorney with any additional questions.

Career Connections Center: How We Support Employers And International Students

The Career Connections Center is committed to cultivating a community that is inclusive and reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of UF students, staff, and faculty. At the heart of the work that is done at the Career Connections Center is the University of Florida students. Our mission is to educate and create connections for the University of Florida community to facilitate the holistic career development of students.

We offer a wide variety of employer services designed to facilitate employer’s access to UF talented students and alumni such as Career Showcase, Coffee Chats and Office Hours, Information Sessions, Skills labs, Project Resume, Industry Institutes, etc. We are unable to screen students’ immigration status on behalf of employers; however, our career coaches are available to consult with employers on effective ways to recruit UF International Students.

Why Hire UF International Students?

UF International students represent 100+ countries and pursue a diverse array of degrees and career goals. They possess qualities that top employers seek:

  • Global perspectives with diverse viewpoints and experiences
  • Multilingual and cross-cultural communication skills that are vital for companies to compete in a global economy
  • Effective leadership and teamwork skills along with the ability to adapt to changes and persevere

UF International Center’s International Student Enrollment Reports provide more information about our students’ demographics and education pursuits.

The majority of UF international students are in F-1 or J-1 immigration status that includes off-campus work authorization benefits during and after the academic program. The remainder of this guide provides an overview of these work authorization options along with long-term employment visa options and resources. We hope the information will help to clarify and streamline the hiring process of international students.

Important Note:

Employers should note that a Social Security Number alone is not sufficient proof of work authorization for international students. It is critical that employers confirm an international student’s work authorization prior to the employments start date to prevent any liability for the student and the employer in the future.

Employers who have questions about their international candidate’s ability to work in the U.S. should consult an immigration attorney.

This page is adapted with permission from International Student Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Career Center, University of California, Berkeley.

This document was originally published in 2000 with a grant from NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII. Revisions made in 2004, 2010 and 2016. Editors: Laurie Cox, University of Wisconsin, Madison; 2010 co-editors: Lay Tuan Tan, California State University Fullerton, Phil Hofer, University of La Verne & Junko Pierry, Stanford University; 2016 co-editors: Junko Pierry, Stanford University & Laurie Cox, Ball State University.