If you have been in F-1 status for at least 9 months and maintained good academic standing, you may apply for authorization for off-campus employment. You may be eligible through Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training or Economic Hardship.
Curricular Practical Training Optional Practical Training
You may be eligible for this training prior to your completion of studies when the curriculum practical training is an integral part of an established curriculum.
Curricular practical training is defined to be employment that is required to complete graduation requirements or alternative work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum that is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
You may be eligible to be employed in a job which is directly related to your field of studies for up to one year. Some students will be eligible for additional work authorization depending on their major.
Such employment may fall into three categories:
- employment during your annual vacation if you enroll and intend to register for the next term;
- employment while school is in session, provided that you work no more than 20 hours per week
- employment after you have completed your studies.
The International Student Advisor must recommend practical training on Form I-20. Forms I-20 and I-765 must be completed and submitted to USCIS in Nebraska.