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Employment

Employment for F-1 international students is limited, and students who violate their immigration status must stop working immediately. It is also a violation of status to work without permission.

On-Campus

When school is in session, you may work no more than 15 hours per week on-campus. During official university breaks, you may work up to 35 hours per week.   International students are not eligible for work study positions. In order to work on campus you must complete an On-campus employment contract with ISS. The On-campus employment contract is in Campus Cruiser under "My Committees" and "International Student Services". Click on the shared files folder titled "Work." Lipka Hall will need a copy of your Social Security card. (See below for information on how to obtain a Social Security Card).

Off-Campus

You cannot work off-campus (including credit-bearing internships off-campus) without prior authorization from ISS. Off-campus employment is tied to your curriculum, unless you have an unforeseen situation that makes you or your sponsor unable to pay your expenses. If you experience an unforeseen economic hardship, come see ISS for information about your options. All off-campus employment requires that you are a full time student for two semesters before applying.

CPT

CPT is a work benefit for F-1 students to gain practical experience related to their major. The work experience cannot be related to a minor or general education course. It is only available to F-1 students when it is an integral part of an established curriculum. This means that it must be either a requirement for all students in the program or the student must receive credit for experience as an independent study, co-op, or other work experience course. For more information on CPT, look in Campus Cruiser under "My Committees" and "International Student Services". Click on the shared files folder titled "Work."

OPT

OPT is a work benefit for F-1 students to gain practical experience for 1 year related to their major. Typically students apply for OPT to begin after they graduate (called Post Completion OPT) but it is possible to use OPT during your studies (called Pre Completion OPT). The application for OPT must be approved by USCIS, so there is a fee to apply and it can take 2-3 months before approval is granted. Plan accordingly. For more information about OPT, look in Campus Cruiser under "My Committees" and "International Student Services". Click on the shared files folder titled "Work."

There are two extensions of OPT. The STEM extension of OPT is for students who completed a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and whose employer is registered with E-verify. For more information about STEM OPT, look in Campus Cruiser under "My Committees" and "International Student Services". Click on the shared files folder titled "Work."

The second extension of OPT is the Cap Gap extension for students who have applied for an H1B visa. If you have applied for H1B and believe the Cap Gap extension may apply to you, please contact ISS.

Social Security Numbers

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will issue a social security number for employment purposes only. If you have problems in establishing a bank account, renting an apartment or opening a cell phone account, contact ISS. We can help you find other ways to satisfy the requirement with the agency requesting the number.

If you have an on-campus or off-campus job and need a social security number, you will need to present the Social Security Administration with your immigration documents, your employment letter/contract, a letter from ISS, and a completed Social Security Application. For more information on how to obtain a Social Security Number, look in Campus Cruiser under "My Committees" and "International Student Services". Click on the shared files folder titled "Work."