F-1 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT: RULES & REGULATIONS FOR F-1 STUDENTS
Working in the United States
There are limited work opportunities available in the United States for F-1 students. For this reason, before coming to the United States, F-1 students must prove they have the financial means [i.e. present bank statements, sponsor and scholarship letters, etc.] to pay for tuition and living expenses while studying in the U.S.
If the Department of State issues you an F-1 student visa, this means that you are coming to the United States on an academic-related visa to study and obtain a degree. This means that your F-1 visa is NOT a work permit and does NOT extend to on or off-campus employment authorization to you as an F-1 student.
If you decide that you want to work, the first step is always to talk to your Designated School Official [DSO] to determine your eligibility and to receive the proper on or off-campus employment authorizations.
F-1 students must complete two  academic terms [one-year] of study at the College before being eligible to work or intern.
Is specific to work that takes place on campus [i.e. bookstore, cafeteria, etc.]
Requires offer letter from the on-campus employer first; then apply for U.S. SSN [See DSO]
Does NOT require Curricular Practical Training [CPT] Authorization from the DSO
Off-Campus Employment: [CPT Authorization Required]
Is specific to work that takes place outside the physical campus with an external employer
Requires offer letter from off-campus employer first, then see DSO for CPT Eligibility and Authorization, SSN, etc.
Work Hour Restrictions for On and Off-Campus Employment
F-1 students cannot work more than twenty  hours per week when school is in session [i.e. Part-Time Basis Only]
F-1 students can work up to forty  hours per week [i.e. full-time basis] when school is NOT in session [i.e. Summer, Winter Breaks, etc.]
Curricular Practical Training [CPT]
F-1 students must complete two  terms [one-year] of study at the College before becoming eligible for CPT-related off-campus employment or internship
CPT employment or internship must be directly related to F-1 student’s academic major or course of study
DSO must authorize F-1 students for CPT in Student & Exchange Visitor Information System [SEVIS] first and then can proceed to issue CPT-endorsed Form I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status to student BEFORE F-1 student can begin CPT employment
CPT authorization is for one specific employer and for a specific period of time only
One  year of full-time CPT eliminates an F-1 student’s eligibility for Optional Practical Training [OPT] Employment Authorization upon completion of the student’s undergraduate studies.
The specific documentation needed by the Office of Int'l Programs [OIP] to process and complete Curricular Practical Training [CPT] employment authorizations for F-1 students selected for external employment or internship opportunities and to produce a CPT-endorsed I-20 is outlined below:
 Specific background information relative to the internship, employment, or training program [i.e. overview, structure, sponsor, time frame, training specifics, job description, and any other relevant details]
 Name, Academic Major, and Classification for Each F-1 Student
 Copy of Social Security Card for Each F-1 Student
 Copy of Offer Letter for Each F-1 Student
 Completed CPT/OPT Employer Information Sheet for Each F-1 Student [Supplied by OIP]
Post-Completion Optional Practical Training [OPT]
OPT employment must be directly related to F-1 student’s academic major or course of study
DSO recommends OPT in SEVIS for F-1 student
Authorized by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services [USCIS]
F-1 students must apply for OPT within ninety  days of the Program End Date or within sixty  days after the Program End Date
Failure to abide by these regulations may result in institutional disciplinary action[s] as well as the termination of your F-1 visa status in SEVIS.
I, guest guest, understand that my failure to adhere to the employment regulations stated herein may result in institutional disciplinary action(s) as well as the termination of my F-1 visa status in the U. S. by SEVIS.
Return without agreeing to the rules and regulations
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