Q: What work authorization and internship opportunities are available to foreign students with residence certificates for study?

A: Under the new rules, an person with a residence certificate for study who wants to take a part-time job or internship off campus should obtain approval from the school, then apply to the PSB Exit-Entry Administration for a notation to the residence certificate showing the part-time job or the location and period of internship off campus. (State Council regs, art. 22). Notice that short-term students with X2 visas do not have such opportunities.

The law delegates to the Ministry of Education the obligation to establish a framework for foreign students to obtain work authorization. (EEAL, art. 42.) Presumably, that framework will cover any rules related to on-campus employment as well.

It’s illegal for foreign students to work without authorization or beyond the scope authorized. (EEAL, art. 43(3).)


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