International students on F-1 or J-1 visa are eligible to work under special circumstances with proper authorization. F-1 students are eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). J-1 students are eligible for Academic Training.
- Never accept or work off-campus employment without authorization through ISSS in advance.
- TPS (Temporary Protected Status) work authorization could be a violation of nonimmigrant status. Work with an experienced immigration attorney to find out more.
- International students should not plan to meet educational or personal living expenses through employment in the U.S. As an F-1 or J-1 student, you were required to demonstrate sufficient financial resources to cover your expenses at the time you began the Visa process.
See International Student & Scholar Services for forms and more information.