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F1 Student Employment Options (OPT, CPT)

F-1 Students are allowed unique employment benefits that enable them to pursue internships and full-time employment in the U.S.

On-Campus Employment

Students on the F-1 visa may work on-campus without any special work authorization for up to 20 hours/week when classes are in session and up to 40 hours/week during vacations and breaks. Applications for on-campus employment are made through individual offices and departments.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is intended for currently enrolled full-time degree seeking students on the F-1 visa who would like to seek an internship off-campus that relates to their course of study. CPT is authorized in the Center for Global Programs and Studies. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://global.wfu.edu/iss/employment/cpt/

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT is intended primarily for those completing their course of study. OPT enables students to remain in the U.S. for 12 additional months after they have completed their studies to pursue full-time employment. Applications must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services for approval, a process that can take 2-3 months. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://global.wfu.edu/iss/employment/opt/

 

Economic Hardship

F-1 students who experience economic hardship brought about by unforeseen circumstances beyond their control may apply for off-campus work authorization if on-campus employment opportunities are either not available or otherwise insufficient. Applications are submitted to U.S. Customs and Immigration Services for final approval. For more information and application instructions, please visit our website: http://global.wfu.edu/iss/employment/hardship/