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F-1 Employment Overview

IMPORTANT REMINDER: EMPLOYMENT ALWAYS REQUIRES PRIOR AUTHORIZATION
F-1 students are limited to only certain types of employment (listed below) and are allowed to work only if authorized in advance. Working in the US without authorization is an extremely serious violation of immigration regulations, and may lead to cancellation of your visa and even departure from the US. In order to avoid unauthorized employment, consult with the International Center BEFORE starting any employment activity.

Pre-Completion and Post-Completion Options

The table below lists employment options available to F-1 students. The options are divided into pre-completion (employment options that are available while you are still working toward your degree objective) and post-completion (employment options after you have completed your degree requirements). Click on each category to learn more.

Pre-Completion Employment Post-Completion Employment
On-Campus Employment Post-Completion Optional Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training STEM Extension of Optional Practical Training
Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training Cap-Gap Extension of F-1 Status / OPT
International Organization Internship
Unforeseen Severe Economic Hardship Employment
What about Volunteering? Click HERE for more information.