The first thing to know is that a student job in no case to finance your studies or be essential for your life on the spot. In fact, you will be asked upon arrival in the United States to prove that you will be able to meet all your needs throughout the duration of your studies without working on site.The student job should serve as “extra” to make trips or other activities, or to start repaying a loan that you have contracted.

Legal working hours for students in the USA:

As part of your F1 student visa, the most common, you can work up to 20 hours a week . In the case of M1 visa, you can work only within the framework of your studies.

The student job search in the USA:

It is difficult for a foreign student to find a job, places are limited and constraints strong enough.The first and most important is a student with a F1 visa can not work during the first year of study off campus. Offers are but few have the merit to exist, but the competition is strong from other students. Thereafter, you can work outside the campus once your application is submitted to the INS via a form. It is not obliged to accept a refusal and unfortunately irrevocable.


To begin your search, the best start is to go to the “Career Center” of your university identifies the majority of jobs present in the nearest town, whether to be a bartender or seller. Once in the second year, you can consult the local press, which lists a good amount of bids. should not hesitate to applying as soon as possible to maximize your chances of getting the job. You can also see deals in employment agencies with access to ads is free.

The remuneration of students in the USA:

The minimum wage in the United States is much lower than that practiced in France, and it is intended primarily for students. It can vary by state, but averages about of 5.25 dollars or 4.4 euros at current prices. It is almost two times less than in France, but nothing prevents an employer to pay you more.