Employment, OPT, and CPT
The immigration regulations about employment are complex. Be sure to carefully review the regulations so that you do not violate any laws or start unauthorized employment. Unauthorized employment of any kind is a serious violation of F-1 or J-1 status, so it is important to learn what employment is allowed before you consider a potential job.
F-1 students do not require a special employment authorization document. J-1 students, however, do need work authorization from a Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer (RO or ARO).
Note: F-1 and J-1 students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus. See Georgia Southern’s Student Employment Center for on-campus opportunities.
Learn more about obtaining your Social Security Number.
- Additional Information: F-1 Student Employment On & Off Campus
- What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students (pdf)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- Curricular Practical Training Requirements and Application (pdf)
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) Authorization Request (pdf)
- OPT Info Handout (pdf)
- Additional Information: Practical Training (CPT/OPT)
- Majors that qualify for STEM extension
- To request an OPT Appointment & I-20: click here
- To report employer information or a change in employer: click here
- To provide and/or update your local address: click here
- To report the end of your OPT employment: click here
- J-1: Academic Training
Economic Hardship Employment
In instances where USCIS determines that a student faces financial hardship due to unforeseeable factors beyond their control, a student may be authorized to pursue off-campus unemployment. If a student believes they have a case, they should work closely with their assigned International Student Advisor to submit an application to USCIS for Severe Economic Hardship Employment.Economic Hardship Employment
Last updated: 11/27/2018