Practical Training F-1 students, have the option of working in the United States by participating in practical training during your academic program or after it ends.
Practical training can provide rewarding work experience by improving the skills you learned in school.
Two types of practical training are available for F-1 students: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Your designated school official will provide you a new Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” that shows that the designated school official has approved you for this employment.
Your designated school official will provide you with a new Form I-20 that shows the designated school official recommendation for this employment.
You must apply for work authorization by electronically filing a Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization,” with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and paying a filing fee.
USCIS will send you a Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document,” (EAD) upon approving your Form I-765. Wait to start work until after you receive your EAD.
While school is in session, you may only work 20 hours per week.
17-Month OPT STEM Extension You may qualify for an additional 17 months of Optional Practical Training under the following circumstances:
Your DSO will provide you with a new Form I-20 that shows the DSO recommendation for this employment on page three.
You must apply for work authorization by electronically filing a Form I-765 with USCIS and paying a filing fee. USCIS will send you an EAD upon approving your petition.
You may continue to work on your expired Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for OPT up to 180 days while your 17-month extension petition is pending if you meet these conditions:
You must report changes in name, address, employer, and loss of employment to Your designated school official within 10 days of any change.