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F-1 Options (On Campus, CPT, OPT)

“Employment” is work performed in exchange for compensation. Compensation can include money, room and board, or other significant benefits. Before accepting any kind of employment, be sure it is allowed by the F-1 regulations. Note that the off-campus employment opportunities generally require you to have completed one academic year (three quarters) to be eligible to apply for authorization. 

F-1 status allows the following five categories of employment:

Changing from the F-1 student visa to an H-1B employment visa:

Obtaining a Social Security Number

Last update on May 1, 2018