Student Government

The University of Chicago

Unionization and International Students

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International students are admitted to US universities and given a student visa in their capacity as students. This does not mean that in a limited capacity they cannot engage in certain forms of labor without affecting that status. The Office of International Affairs has a useful website with general information: http://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/page/campus-employment

A unionization of the graduate student body would not likely affect international students’ visa status, but it may have a small effect on the bureaucracy surrounding taxes and wages. A union would also help secure and improve benefits and working conditions as laborers but also as students in a position of contingent employment.

UIC has prepared a PDF to answer some basic FAQs regarding unionization and international students:
http://uic-geo.net/mainsite/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/International_Grads_Rights.pdf

Compare Graduate Employment at Brown Univeristy: https://brownsugse.com/faq-for-international-students