F-1 visa holders are not allowed to work off campus. The only employment allowed for an F-1 student is a part-time campus job. F-2 dependants are not allowed to obtain employment in any capacity. However, there are two exceptions for F-1 students:

On- Campus Employment

          Click here for a list of on-campus positions.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT allows F-1 students to complete any applicable academic requirements for field internships. To be eligible for CPT you must:
  • Be enrolled in a degree program that requires a field internship as part of the academic program.
  • Complete one full academic year of full-time study (unless otherwise required by your degree program).
  • Continue to enroll in courses full time (your CTP may account for up to 4 units toward your full time requirement).
  • Obtain an offer of employment from the organization where you will be completing your CPT requirements.
  • Apply for CPT authorization from your international advisor before starting your position.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT allows an F-1 student to obtain employment related to their field of study for a maximum period of 12 months. It is designed to allow actual field experience that is complimentary to your program of study. To be eligible for OPT you must:
  • Complete one full academic year of full-time study.
  • Continue to maintain your full-time F-1 status.
  • Work only in a position that directly relates to your academic program.
  • Apply for OPT authorization from your international advisor 90 days prior to starting your employment.


Pre/Post Completion OPT:

To enroll in OPT prior to the completion of your studies, you will be allowed to work only part time while maintaining a full course load in your academic program. To enroll in OPT after you compete your coursework, you must apply for OPT authorization at least 90 days prior to completing your studies. For post completion OPT you may work full time.

For more info, click here or download the Application Procedure for OPT Form