If you are an F-1 student interested in off-campus employment opportunities prior to graduation, you will need work authorization. You will be eligible for off-campus employment only after you receive approval for Pre-Optional Practical Training or Curricular Practical Training. To be eligible for either option, you must maintain your F-1 status for a minimum of one academic year in your current degree program. Working off campus without authorization will put your immigration status in jeopardy.
Pre-Optional Practical Training
Generally, F-1 students are eligible for a total of 12 months of OPT per degree level. The time requested for Pre-OPT will be deducted from the 12 months of Post-OPT. The proposed employment must be in your field of study.
We recommend applying for Pre-OPT at least 100 days prior to your requested session start date. If you plan on working this summer using Pre-OPT, please apply now.
Applying for Pre-OPT
Curricular Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training is a type of off-campus employment authorization available for F-1 students who have an internship course as an integral part of their established curriculum.
The proposed employment must meet one of the following requirements:
You must be enrolled in an internship course as required or approved by your academic unit. Each academic unit has unique internship requirements.
We recommend applying for CPT at least 10 business days before the start of the requested session. Please take into account that the ISSC processing time does not begin until your academic advisor has provided their approval.
Applying for CPT