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Employment, OPT, and CPT

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.

 


On-Campus Employment

F-1 students do not require a special employment authorization document.

J-1 students need work authorization from a Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer (RO or ARO).

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.


Off-Campus Employment

Off campus employment is not allowed under any circumstances, unless participating in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT), or if a student has a circumstance involving severe economic hardship.


Curricular Practical Training (CPT)


Optional Practical Training (OPT)

All students must attend a required OPT Information workshop prior to applying for OPT. OPT Workshop Dates and Times are listed below. After attending the required OPT Workshop, students must schedule an appointment with a DSO to gather your OPT packet and receive your I-20. If unable to attend a workshop, students must complete this OPT Review and send to their DSO prior to their appointment.

OPT INFORMATION WORKSHOP DATES/TIMES:

SCHEDULE OPT APPOINTMENT & I-20 REQUEST

 

Helpful Resources for Students:


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.

Last updated: 8/12/2019