International Student Services

F-1 Employment Options (On Campus, CPT, OPT)

“Employment” is work performed in exchange for compensation. Compensation can include money, room and board, or other significant benefits. Before accepting any kind of employment, be sure it is allowed by the F-1 regulations. Note that the off-campus employment opportunities generally require you to have completed one academic year (three quarters) to be eligible to apply for authorization. Consult an ISS adviser with any questions related to F-1 status and employment.

F-1 status allows the following categories of employment:

Other employment related topics for students in F-1 status: