A student in F-1 status may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus while enrolled in a full course of study. "On-campus" jobs include work in the UW student unions, libraries, recreational centers, and in academic and administrative departments. As a full-time student, you do not require permission to engage in part-time work on-campus. You will need to show your employer documents which establish your identification and employment eligibility, as listed on the I-9 form which all new employees must complete. There is no exception to the 20 hour-per-week ceiling, even if the employment is a teaching or project assistantship.
On-campus employment may be full time during vacation periods (summer, winter, and spring breaks) for students who have maintained full-time status before the vacation period and intend to register for the following semester.
If you have been in valid F-1 status for two semesters or at least nine months, you may be eligible to work off-campus. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training are the two commonly used options for working off-campus.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training provides the ability to work off-campus provided it is part of your academic program (that is, your work experience is directly linked to your curriculum). To participate in CPT, your academic program must either require a work experience or provide an elective option for you to earn credit for a work experience. CPT may only take place before to the completion of your degree and requires authorization from ISS. Please note: if you are authorized for one year or more of full-time Curricular Practical Training, you will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training. Below are the PDFs for the CPT Application, FAQ and a date calculator.
Date Calculators for CPT and OPT
The Date Calculator for Immigration Processing was a resource developed by NAFSA members to assist in determining "validation report" deadlines. The tool was last revised in 2010. The date calculators in this tool can help you to determine the number of days, years or months of eligibility remaining for a particular immigration benefit; or determine which day a particular deadline falls for filing a petition or application. For example, you can use this tool to help you determine your eligibility for applying for OPT if you have participated in full-time CPT. You can also use the "Days FROM" and "Days PRIOR" calculators to plan your timeline in order to apply for OPT.¬†
ISS disclaims any and all liability resulting from reliance upon this information, and individual advisers, applicants, and petitioners remain fully responsible for calculating filing date requirements. Likewise, use of the Date Calculator should not be construed as legal advice or expert assistance.¬†
Download the Date Calculator from the Google Drive link and open it with Microsoft Excel.¬†
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training provides the ability to work off-campus independent of your curriculum; however, work on OPT must be related to your academic program of study. OPT may take place before or after the completion of your degree. This type of permission requires a recommendation from ISS followed by approval from the US government to participate. The total amount of time that you can work using OPT is 12 months. ¬†For more information, click here to download the OPT information sheet.
Students who wish to participate in Optional Practical Training are required to attend a mandatory OPT Workshop. ¬†You have two options to complete the OPT workshop requirement. You may complete the online OPT workshop at any time. You will need to self-register for the ISS Online Optional Practical Training (F-1) Workshop through Learn@UW.¬†
Alternatively, you may attend an in-person OPT workshop held one Monday per month.¬†Registration is not required. The in-person workshop will be held on the following dates during the spring 2017¬†semester. All in-person workshops will be held from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Masely Media Room in the Red Gym (first floor).
Monday, January 9, 2017 (workshop will end promptly at 5:00 p.m.)
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
STEM Extension of OPT
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