On-Campus Employment is an automatic benefit of F-1 students to work part-time (19 hours per week) on the premises of the school that issued their current I-20.  On campus employment does not require special authorization.  All F-1 international students in active immigration status are eligible for part-time on-campus employment while enrolled in classes. During annual summer and winter vacations, F-1 visa holders are eligible for up to 40 hours per week of on-campus employment, if they are less than full time enrolled in classes.  If the student is part-time enrolled the student can be full time employed.  If the student is full-time enrolled the student can be part-time employed.  If an F-1 visa holder works over their allowed period of on-campus employment even by minutes, it is a serious violation of immigration status that will result in a termination of status. Please note that on campus employment is competitive and there are limited job opportunities.



ALL OFF-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT REQUIRES ADDITIONAL AUTHORIZATION BY THE INTERNATIONAL SERVICES OFFICE. Any participation in off-campus employment without the required authorization is a serious violation of immigration status that will result in a termination of status. Please see information below on how to obtain off-campus employment authorization.


Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization linked to an academic program in order to allow students to participate in either an internship or training required of all students obtaining that degree, or employment that is for degree credit and is an integral part of the degree program.  Therefore, you must be enrolled in your internship course when requesting CPT.  Since CPT must be part of your academic program it is not available after you complete your academic program.  Students must receive CPT authorization when enrolled in their internship or practicum class whether it is paid or unpaid. If you enroll in the same internship for a different semester, you must receive CPT authorization.    

If you have been lawfully enrolled in school full-time for two semesters and are currently in F1 status, you may be eligible for Curricular Practical Training. CPT is a departmental privilege, and thus may be revoked for academic reasons at any time. In order to apply for CPT, students must submit the CPT Application Form and a job offer letter from their potential employer on the company’s letterhead, which must include the following information:

1. Your full name
2. Company name and address (physical address, not a P.O. Box)
3. Position title with job description
4. Supervisor’s name, phone number, and e-mail address
5. Salary/hourly wage for the position
6. Number of hours per week to be worked
7. Start Date and End Date


Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment authorization that gives F-1 students an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical work experience off campus. You may use some or all of the available 12 months of practical training during your course of study or save the full twelve months to use after you complete your studies. Authorization for optional practical training is granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and can take at least 90 days to obtain. It is important that you apply for the authorization at the earliest possible date. Students will need to contact International Student Office for more information about applying for OPT.  If you are in your final semester, please contact the International Student Office at the beginning of your final term regarding OPT.

24 MONTH OPT STEM EXTENSION  (Please review STEM OPT Hub  to help understand OPT STEM Extension regulation)

You may be eligible for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training if:

    • You have graduated with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in a STEM field. These are identified by CIP code. For a complete approved list please go to www.ice.gov/sevis/stemlist.htm
    • Application must be submitted during the period of your current OPT, but no earlier than 120 days prior to OPT end date.
    • You have not applied for the 24 month extension previously.
    • Your employer is registered in the E-Verify Program.

If you have received the previous 17-month OPT STEM extension you may eligible to apply for an additional 7-month extension. Students whose 17-month OPT STEM expires after October 6th 2016 are eligible to request a 7-month extension by applying again to USCIS and providing a training plan (Form I-983) to USCIS.  Students may apply between May 10, 2016-August 8, 2016.  Please contact the International Student Office before applying for a list of additional items needed to apply for the 7 month extension.




This page was last modified on April 29, 2016