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International Students. WORKING IN THE UNITED STATES. Types of Employment. On Campus Employment – F-1 and J-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) – F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) – F-1 Academic Training – J-1 Paid vs. Unpaid. F-1 Working On Campus. No permission needed

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international students
International Students

WORKING

IN THE

UNITED STATES

types of employment
Types of Employment
  • On Campus Employment – F-1 and J-1
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) – F-1
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) – F-1
  • Academic Training – J-1
  • Paid vs. Unpaid
f 1 working on campus
F-1 Working On Campus

No permission needed

  • up to 20 hours per week during regular fall and spring semesters
  • more than 20 hours per week during regular school breaks (including summer semester)
j 1 working on campus
J-1 Working On Campus

Written permission needed from RO/ARO

  • up to 20 hours per week during regular fall and spring semesters
  • more than 20 hours per week during regular school breaks (including summer semester)
f 1 curricular practical training cpt
F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Must be an integral part of the student’s curriculum
  • If not required for degree, eligible only after one full academic year of study (9 months)
  • Department gives initial approval, final permission is granted by DSO/International Student Advisor/Coordinator
  • Job offer required before approval can be granted
  • Approved for a specific employer(s), for a specific time period
  • Can be given for up to one year at a time
  • Can be Part Time (20 hours/week or less) or Full Time (more than 20 hours/week)
  • 12 months of full time CPT makes you ineligible for OPT
f 1 optional practical training opt
F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Generally done after completion of academic program, but may be done before completion
  • Employment must be related to field of study
  • Maximum of 12 months per academic level
  • Must be recommended by DSO/International Student Advisor/Coordinator
  • Requires an application and fee ($180.00) with CIS
  • Final approval granted by CIS (EAD)
  • No job offer required for approval
  • Application must be submitted to CIS prior to program completion
f 1 optional practical training opt cont
F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) cont.

Other important OPT notes:

  • You can use OPT anywhere in the US
  • You may switch employers
  • You are eligible for OPT after each higher degree earned
  • you can use your OPT while waiting for a change of status to H-1B
j 1 academic training
J-1 Academic Training
  • Can be paid or unpaid
  • Can be done during or after studies
  • Needs approval from academic advisor and RO/ARO
  • Length of time depends on whether student is non-degree or degree-seeking (Master’s or Doctorate)
next steps
Next Steps
  • Always check with your Int’l Student Advisor/Coordinator before accepting any offer of employment
  • I-Place is available for questions at any time (ipoffice@mckenna.edu or 909-621-8344)