F1 and J1 On-Campus Employment
F1 and J1 students are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the semester and up to 40 hours per week during semester breaks (January intersession, summer).
F1 Off-Campus Employment: Optional Practical Training (OPT) & Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
International students in F1 status are generally eligible for either precompletion Optional Practical Training (OPT) prior to graduation, or postcompletion OPT after graduation. Postcompletion OPT is available for up to 12 months, provided the student did not participate in precompletion OPT during degree completion. Graduates who obtained a degree in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, math) are eligible for an additional period of 17 months of OPT, for a total of 29 months. Individuals who are eligible for postcompletion OPT must apply to USCIS to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Once the EAD is received and the start date on the card has been identified, the individual can then work.
J1 Off-Campus Employment: Academic Training (AT)
Academic Training (AT) requires work authorization for off-campus employment directly related to your program of study. You must schedule an appointment and meet with an OISSS international adviser before you apply for AT.