Information workshops are held each semester by the international student advisor.
Check the International Education events calendar for details.
All F-1 or J-1 students are eligible to begin on-campus work no earlier than thirty days before the start date on their I-20 and must end before or on the end date of their I-20 and can only apply for state work study jobs.
Check the Student Employment Center website for available positions.
On-campus employment by F-1 or J-1 students is permitted as long as the student works no more than twenty hours a week while school is in session. Students may be employed full time during vacations and recess periods as long as they intend to register for the next term.
On-campus employment means employment performed on the premises of the school or at an affiliated off-campus location. On-campus employment may be of a type normally performed by students, such as work in the school library, cafeterias, computer center, or in a students' store, or employment that is part of a student's scholarship, fellowship, or assistantship.
Under no circumstances are students permitted to accept off-campus employment without the authorization of the Office of International Education and/or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To do so is to violate USCIS law and would seriously jeopardize your F-1 or J-1 visa status.
Students working on campus are exempt from having to obtain an employment authorization card (EAD) from USCIS.
There are three types of off-campus work permission. All require prior approval by the Department of Homeland Security or the international student advisor. Please attend a workshop in advance of your needing permission. Approval can take some time to obtain. Download the CPT and OPT Webinar for more information.
Cooperative education and internship programs allow students to obtain practical work experience in their field of study. In order for F-1 students to participate in off-campus work experience, immigration regulations require that students receive academic credits for the work experience, unless it is a required component of their degree program. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services refers to this kind of off-campus work experience as Curricular Practical Training.
Pre-completion practical training is permitted for F-1 students as long as the work is for no more than twenty hours a week while school is in session.
Full-time employment under this category is allowed during vacations and recess periods as long as the student intends to register for the next term. Time spent in pre-completion practical training will be deducted from the twelve months of full-time employment available for post-completion practical training. For example, if the student works twenty hours a week for four months, he/she would have two months deducted from the twelve months of post-completion practical training.
Applications are submitted to the Citizenship and Immigration Services for final decision.
F-1 students are entitled to up to one year post-completion practical training for each successive and higher degree. Time spent in pre-completion practical training is deducted from the twelve-month period.
Students must apply ninety days before completion of the degree.
Applications are submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for final decision.
Applications are submitted to the Citizenship and Immigration Services for final decision. Workshops are held each semester by the foreign student advisor.
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