The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) regulations allow for some employment opportunities for foreign students.
However, employment without proper authorization is a serious violation of status.
Therefore, all employment support for International Students must be authorized through the Office of International Student Services.
Students must meet with an advisor in the Office of International Student Services prior to beginning any paid employment.
In addition, some students will require authorization from the USCIS. Office of International Student Services can help with that, too.
Employment Options for International (F-1) Students
Students must be in good academic standing for any employment.
- On-Campus Employment - While school is in session, all employment for international students is part time (up to 20 hours per week).
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
- This is a one-year fulltime work permit that students apply for when they complete their degree program. The Office of International Student Services can assist with OPT applications.
Note: In April, 2008 USCIS approved a 17-month extension for students who are completing a 12-month OPT. This permits 29-month employment for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and and Mathetics) degree holders. This includes some Monroe School of Information Technology graduates. For more information on qualifications see the Office of International Student Services. Details on new OTP rules.