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Is it possible for an international student who is pursuing masters in USA, to teach in a community college after MS as a full time employee? I am interested in teaching and I work as a teaching assistant for undergraduates. I conduct classes to these students thrice a week and I really enjoy the experience. I would like to look for job opportunities in teaching field with a Masters degree. Are community colleges a good shot or are there any other similar opportunities?

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  • to teach in a community college after MS as a full time employee For how long?
    – Nobody
    Sep 24, 2015 at 9:24
  • For about 2-3 years.. Depending on further opportunities.
    – maggie
    Sep 24, 2015 at 9:27
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    This F-1 OPT page should explain the answer to you.
    – Nobody
    Sep 24, 2015 at 9:31

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In the US, F-1 visa holders can apply for an extension called Optional Practical Training (OPT) after their graduation. The default is a 1 year extension, and STEM field graduates have a slightly longer period.

Talk to the people responsible for international student affairs in your school for more details.

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  • Beyond OPT, you'd need a visa to continue working in such a position. Most community colleges would be unwilling to pay the costs associated with sponsoring you for an H-1B visa and eventual permanent residency. Sep 24, 2015 at 16:50

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