Employment for F-1 and J-1 students is limited, and working without permission is a violation of status and a deportable offense. F-1 and J-1 students may not work off-campus without permission from DISSA. On-Campus Employment is permitted with certain restrictions. Students must complete employment paperwork with DISSA in order to work on-campus. A Social Security number is required for anyone receiving payment. DISSA can assist you with this process.
DISSA offers workshops every semester which explain the different types of off-campus work permission available to F-1 and J-1 students..
Off-Campus Work Permission for F-1 Students
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT): This is usually an internship and must be an integral part of the curriculum.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT): Most students use this benefit after they graduate, but OPT can be used prior to graduation.
- Economic Hardship: This work permission can only be used when a student's financial situation drastically changes due to an unforeseen circumstance.
- Internship with an International Organization: This option allows students to work with the United Nations or World Health Organization, among others.
Off-Campus Work Permission for J-1 Students
- Academic Training: This benefit allows students to work related to their degree program during or after their studies.
- Economic Necessity: This work permission can only be used when a student's financial situation drastically changes due to an unforeseen circumstance.
If you plan to volunteer please make sure you understand what it entails, as it may be viewed as employment.