5 Options for F1 Visa Students to Work

Raghuram Sukumar CPT 4 Comments

F1 Visa students in USA have 2 possible options to work in USA while attending school or right after graduation.

  1. On Campus Employment
  2. Off-Campus Employment

Lets explore in detail about both On and Off Campus employment.

On-Campus Employment

Students with an I-20, attending the University are eligible to work on the campus.

Students transferring to the University must have their SEVIS record transferred and possess a I-20 to be eligible to work on the campus.

Off-Campus Employment

  1. Off Campus Work Permission Based on Unforeseen Financial Change (Limited Eligibility)
  2. Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  3. Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  4. 17-Month Extension for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)

All off-campus work requires work authorization. This includes:

  • Required, paid internships off the campus
  • Summer off-campus employment


  1. hello every1,
    can anyone please provide me some information about 2 years associate IT course in US??m 21 n basically m from India but living in Italy for many years.n how can i work on campus or how can i get any job for my tuition fee or living expenses.i know Hindi,English,Italian a bit of Spanish too.
    best regards,


    i’m registered at d’youville college new york as international student in undergraduate education faculty but Ihave not received F1 . I WOULD COME IN USA on juneor september to study on january 2013. SO Iwould like to have a H4 VISAto work in usa Ihave got job in COMSAT COMPAGNY (GRAND RAPIDE,MICHIGAN USA) and others jobs in NEW YORK NEW JERSEY as sale manager . I CAN SEND MY RESUME and OTHER DOCUMENT ABOUT to job

    my office eployement is JOBMAMA IN NEW YORK

  3. International students especially from India work at Motels, Indian restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores like 7 eleven. I have never seen anyone working at Wallmart though. Such students are able to cover their expenses but at the cost of the time which they could have devoted to study and they are badly exploited by the employers. It’s sad but true that Indians are exploited by Indians themselves abroad. Indian employers use such category of students maximum and they pay the least. They make them work free for the sake of TRAINING! They take their advantage and it’s beyond words to explain the miserable condition. You cannot go back but you don’t have enough money to cover your expenses. What else can you do? I know a girl who works as a stripper to cover her expenses. Can you believe that? I am in the US and I am an international student too. People like me are so excited to come to the US that they take risks which are not at all practical. I dropped out of college and I am out of status now because I could not pay my fees. I am not regretting but I just wanna say PLEASE DON’t COME IF U CANNOT AFFORD UR STUDIES AND YOU ARE RELYING ON working OFF CAMPUS. IT’s NOT WORTH IT.

  4. Dear HSB,

    thanks for enlighting every body.

    Please post some valuable information for those students who are working in Indian Resturants, Gas Stations, Walmart’s & etc which are considered as Illegal part time jobs.


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