Employment for F-1 Students
F-1 students may engage in off-campus employment
under the options specified below. You may not begin employment
off-campus before obtaining written authorization from the ISSO
or the USCIS. Please contact your
ISSO advisor if you have questions about any of the following
Students Who Wish to Gain Experience Related
to Their Field of Study
On-Campus Employment at an Off-Campus Location
Please refer to section on On-Campus
Practical Training (CPT): for work that is a necessary
part of a student's academic program.
Practical Training (OPT): for work experience related
to a student's major field of study, but not required by their academic
STEM Extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT): for students
in a limited number of specific majors in the fields of science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Experiencing Unexpected Financial Difficulties
Off-campus employment permission known as Severe
Economic Hardship is available only to students who
have already been studying in F-1 status for a full academic year
(two semesters) and are in good academic standing.