The F-1 visa status allows you to study full-time in the U.S. It does not provide much opportunity for you to work. Learn about employment options as an F-1 student.
Am I eligible to work off campus?
F-1 students may only work off campus if they have:
I am experiencing economic hardship. How can I apply for off-campus employment?
You can apply for off-campus employment based on severe economic hardship.
What types of employment am I eligible to obtain as an F-1 student?
As an F-1 international student, you may only accept work or engage in business under certain conditions.
You may be eligible for the following types of employment.
You may work on-campus for up to:
Visit the Career Center for on-campus job postings and application procedures. Do not expect to find on-campus employment immediately. Keep checking the job postings.
You must apply for a social security card if you are hired for on-campus work. You may not begin work until you receive the social security card.
Curricular Practical Training
HACC defines curricular practical training (CPT) as:
The employment must be a required or optional part of your degree program. This means you must receive college credit for your performed work. Download the CPT Guide (pdf) for more information.
Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment in your field of study. OPT allows you to gain practical experience.
You may be eligible for Optical Practical Training if you have been in F-1 status for at least one academic year.
Am I eligible for a Social Security number?
You are eligible for a social security number if you are:
You may not begin work on campus until you receive your social security card. You must apply for a social security number if you find employment on campus.
To apply for a social security number: