F-1 Practical Training

F-1 students are eligible for two general categories of employment.


  •  Employment authorization not required
  •  Social Security Number required (see below)
  •  Limited to 20 hours per week during the semester


  • Employment authorization and ISSS processing required
  • Social Security Number required if paid (see below)
  • Employment workshop offered by ISSS required (schedule of workshops below)
  • Includes three types of “Practical Training”
  1. CPT – Curricular Practical Training 
  2. OPT –  Optional Practical Training
  3. OPT STEM – Optional Practical Training STEM Extension 

Practical Training (employment) workshops are required as part of the approval process.

  • In-person workshops are held in the ISSS Map Room and begin promptly at 2pm.
  • There is no cost to register or attend.
  • If you are only interested in OPT, you may arrive at 2:30.
  • An online CPT/OPT workshop is available, but in-person workshops are strongly advised.
  • A minimum of 4 participants are needed to present the workshop.
  • Seasonal H1-B & Green Card workshops are published in the ISSS Newsletter and Facebook.

Future In-person





Wednesday, November 16 2:00 pm 2:30 pm

Offered each Fall and Spring with

University Career Services during:

1. International Education Week

(usually November)

2. International Spring Festival

(usually March)

Wednesday, December 7 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Tuesday, January 17 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Tuesday, February 7 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 22 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Tuesday, March 7 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Wednesday, March 29 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Tuesday, April 18th 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Tuesday, May 2 2:00 pm 2:30 pm

Register for Workshops

  • Registration is required since space is limited.
  • Log-in to iStart and click "Session Sign-ups" to register for the in-person workshop of your choice.
  • No Registration is required for the online workshop; however, you must submit confirmation of understanding upon completion. Click the links below to access the online workshop.


  • Never accept or work off-campus employment without authorization through ISSS in advance.
  • All CPT authorizations end on the last day of finals. An internship offer that extends beyond this date requires an additional CPT authorization and corresponding internship course for the next semester.
  • TPS (Temporary Protected Status) work authorization could be a violation of nonimmigrant status. Work with an experienced immigration attorney to find out more.
  • International students should not plan to meet educational or personal living expenses through employment in the U.S.  As an F-1 or J-1 student, you were required to demonstrate sufficient financial resources to cover your expenses at the time you began the Visa process.