F-1 Employment

International Student and Scholar Services
Center for Global Education

University of San Francisco
University Center, 5th Floor
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
TEL: +1 (415) 422-2654
FAX: +1 (415) 422-2412
EMAIL: isss@usfca.edu

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International students studying on an F-1 visa should keep in mind that the primary purpose of their visit to the United States is educational; working is always secondary and only students who are succeeding academically should pursue optional employment during their studies. F-1 students should know the following about their options for employment:

On-Campus Employment

International students in a degree seeking program are eligible for on-campus employment.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

International students in a degree seeking program that has an internship or practical training component may be eligible for one or more semesters of CPT.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International students in a degree seeking program will have the option to apply for 12 months of work authorization during or after their studies.

After Mailing the OPT Application

International students who have applied for OPT will need to update their employment information, local address, and know the travel requirements for post-completion OPT.

STEM Extension

If you have a degree that is STEM eligible, you can apply for STEM extension. Here is more information on the application process.

*Students who have suffered an economic hardship and lost the funding they had for their education, may be eligible for work authorization. If you feel that you may be eligible, please contact ISSS and make an appointment with an advisor.