Working in the U.S.
All degree-seeking international students in the U.S. on F-1 and J-1 visas are allowed to work on-campus without any authorization from USCIS. However, you need documentation from your hiring department. Hourly limits on employment for scholarships and assistantships is 20 hours per week when school is in session. When school is not in session the limit is 40 hours per week. Students seeking on-campus employment should visit the Office of Career Services' website and log into the Handshake portal to see available jobs.
International students are allowed to work off-campus under three categories, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training, OPT, or Economic Hardship. CPT requires authorization from the Office of International Affairs, while OPT (work authorization after graduation or completion of coursework), and Economic Hardship both require authorization from USICS. Please contact email@example.com, 337-482-6819, or schedule a virtual advising appointment (Select 'Work Authorization') for questions about OPT or CPT.
Curricular Practical Training
Optional Practical Training
Report OPT Employer Information
Optional Practical Training Extension
H-1B Cap Gap Information
Sample Social Security Letter