Can I work as an F1 Student?

Yes, F1 students can work in the United States, but there are conditions. Let’s delve into the details.

Maintaining legal status in the United States requires adhering to specific rules. In this article, we will explore the eligibility of F1 students to engage in employment during their stay in the country.

When applying for an F1 student visa, you commit to being a full-time student. This implies that you must maintain your status without the need to work. However, there exist avenues through which you can work and apply your knowledge, offering three viable options.

Option 1: On-campus employment

F1 students can actively seek employment on their campus. During their period of study, they are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. To stay informed about new job opportunities on our campus, make sure to regularly check the Populi dashboard. It’s a valuable resource for finding open positions that may align with your interests and qualifications.

Option 2: Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is a program that enables F1 students to acquire practical experience in their field of study after graduation. This program allows for full-time employment for up to one year, with the possibility of extension by an additional 24 months for those employed in STEM fields.

Option 3: Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT presents an opportunity for F1 students to gain practical experience in their field of study while still enrolled in school. Throughout the academic year, students can engage in CPT for up to 20 hours per week, which can be expanded to full-time during breaks. Eligibility for CPT necessitates a written agreement with your school and approval of an internship or training program.

It is crucial to note that working without proper authorization can jeopardize your F1 status. If you are interested in working, it is imperative to thoroughly review the rules and regulations while seeking guidance from your school’s International Student Office.

We hope this information proves valuable. If you have any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.