F-1 Employment Authorization & Social Security Number

F-1 International students

You are eligible for on-campus employment and approved off-campus employment, known as “practical training”. Completion of an employment workshop is required for practical training authorization. Please see below.


Please review this helpful “Guide To Hiring International Students” prepared by NAFSA: Association of International Educators


  • Never accept or work off-campus employment without authorization through ISSS in advance.
  • TPS (Temporary Protected Status) work authorization may be seen as a violation of nonimmigrant status. Advising on TPS should be handled by an experienced immigration attorney.
  • International students should not plan to meet their educational or personal living expenses through employment wages in the U.S.  As an F-1 or J-1 student, you were required to demonstrate sufficient financial resources at the time of application for admission to cover your expenses.

Employment Workshops

Employment workshops are required for all international students interested in off-campus practical training (employment) authorization. There is no cost for the workshops.

  • All in-person workshops are held in the ISSS, Map Room and begin promptly at 2pm.
  • In-person workshops are strongly advised.
  • An online workshop is provided as a back-up alternative. See below.
  • Workshops begin with CPT. You may arrive late if you only need OPT information.
  • A minimum of 4 participants are needed to present the workshop. Otherwise, you will be notified the morning of the workshop if it will be cancelled. Encourage your friends to sign up with you.

In-person Workshops



Thursday, September 3 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Wednesday, September 16 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Thursday, October 1 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Thursday, October 29 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Wednesday, November 11 2:00 pm 2:30 pm
Wednesday, December 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.

Reporting Your OPT Employment

  • Automatic Termination of Record:  after 90 days if no employment is reported during a post-completion OPT or OPT STEM Extension.
  • Report via iStart under “F-1 Practical Training” then “OPT & OPT STEM Employment Reporting”.
  • Report all employment or changes to employment within 10 days per F1 regulations.

Your OPT Responsibilities

Effective February 2015, all students approved for OPT will be required to read and sign this form before receiving their EAD (OPT) card.


Social Security Number (SSN)