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Employment eligibility and options for F-1 foreign students are limited by U.S. immigration regulations and are available only to students who have maintained lawful F-1 student status and are in good academic standing.

In all cases, students are required to obtain the prior, written authorization of either the Office of Global Education or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before beginning employment. Students should not work without specific authorization from either The Office of Global Education or the USCIS. Failure to obtain prior authorization constitutes a serious violation of U.S. immigration regulations.

This page covers the various types of employment eligibilities students may seek while in F-1 international student status.  Please make an appointment with an advisor to discuss these options in detail.

Spring 2023

For the Spring 2023 semester, Natalie Prellwitz, Senior International Student Advisor, will have employment drop-in advising hours (no appointment necessary). Starting the week of January 23, 2023.

OPT Drop-In Advising Hours:
Date Time Location
Tuesday 2-3PM IN-PERSON (ELB 588)
Thursday 10-11AM IN-PERSON (ELB 588)


Upcoming Events

Date Event Time Location
02/07/2023 OPT Workshop 12-1PM ELB 373

On Campus Employment  Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 

Optional Practical Training (OPT)  OPT STEM Extension  Economic Hardship