For quite some times this question has popped up to my mind. In many jobs, you can take paid leave for some days. As a PhD student (F1-visa) in US, I am being supported by the department in the form teaching assistantship (TA) . Is there a provision for taking paid leave for TAs?
It depends on what you mean by "paid leave," as this can mean more than one thing in the context in which you are using it:
- If be "paid leave" you mean "a few weeks of paid vacation time for going on holiday", most universities will give you 2-3 weeks formally, plus holidays. The holidays may be substantial (e.g., including a week for thanksgiving, another for winter break, plus two weeks for winter holidays), or they may be much more minimal. The de facto expectations, however, vary wildly between faculty members.
- If by "paid leave" you mean "continue being paid while taking time off to deal with a major life event, such as having a child, caring for a dying relative, or long-term illness" then neither the US government nor most employers support this. This can be a big shock for people from other countries where such support is guaranteed and assumed. The Family and Medical Leave Act does provide for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but I do not know how that interacts with an F1 visa.