Tips and Resources for International Students in the US from APA Division 17 International Section (ICP)
Reach out to your international students’ services, advisor, family, and friends to make the best decision for your next steps.
Make a list of pros and cons with the help of people you trust and are close to. This can help you determine an action plan that you feel is safe and secure for your future.
Remember you are not alone. AND you don't have to deal with everything all by yourself!
Curious about your visa status and recent information related to COVID-19?
Do an online search to read the FAQs for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID- 19 document released by ICE
Visit the STUDENTS: LEARN WHERE TO FIND GUIDANCE ON STUDENT VISAS website
Check out the Resource List for latest news on visas, job search during this pandemic, and mental health resources:
Gather virtually with your community for solidarity and support.
Find ways to resist and fight through advocacy (as suggested and more) against the racist, xenophobic, and anti- immigrant structures in place.
Take time either individually or collectively to experience joy and wellness by engaging in activities that make you happy.
Use these hashtags on social media when sharing news and updates on the crisis related to international students in the U.S.:
Use the Reclaim Your Campus Toolkit by @wcl_ifwhenhow
Job search process varies by majors, visa types, personal goals and needs.
Reach out to another international student alumni in your field and discuss with people you trust when developing your plan.
Visit the SEVIS HELP HUB: Student Employment Overview website.
Begin the job search process 6-12 months early if possible.
Utilize career resources and services at your university for consultation and preparation.
Consider all scenarios to seize as many job opportunities as you can. Research alternative job titles and common skill requirements.
Every student’s situation is different, so it's important to determine your needs and future goals.
Seek advice from professionals in your field, a friend, family, and/or trusted community member
Check out these articles related to job searches
APA Division 17 International Section (ICP)
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NaYeon (NY) Yang, M.Ed.
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