F-1: Off Campus Employment
There are strict rules defining when employment is permitted for a student in F-1 status. Off-campus employment must be approved by either USCIS or ISSS before you are legally allowed to work. There are only a limited number of reasons for authorizing off campus employment. If you have questions about any potential employment, review the links below and/or contact ISSS before you accept employment.
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT) - authorized employment based on a requirement (i.e. internship/practicum) for your program of study.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) - authorized employment for an international student to gain employment experience in their program of study.
- Employment with an International Organization- authorized employment with a recognized international organization.
- Employment based on Severe Economic Necessity - authorized employment based on a student facing unexpected extreme economic hardship that was not present when they began their program of study.