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F – 1 Students


F-1 Work Options

On-Campus Employment

Students with an I-20 authorizing them to attend the University of Minnesota are eligible to work on-campus. Students transferring to the University of Minnesota must have their SEVIS record transferred and possess a University of Minnesota I-20 to be eligible to work on-campus.

Read the ISSS page with important details about on-campus employment.

Off-Campus Employment

International students must always obtain work authorization to work off-campus. This requirement applies to all types of work including paid internships (including those required by an academic program) and summer employment. Off-campus employment must be related to your UMN major.

ISSS encourages international students to consult with an ISSS adviser early in the job search process to ensure regulations will allow you to receive authorization for the type of work you are seeking.

Terms to Know

Types of Authorization

Want to know the difference between CPT and OPT? Review our CPT/OPT comparison chart to learn more.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    CPT is work authorization which allows a student to work in a job directly related to the student‘s major area of study before degree completion. CPT authorization is provided by ISSS and can be granted within 7 business days of application submission.

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    OPT is work authorization which allows a student to work in a job directly related to the student‘s major area of study either before or after degree completion. OPT authorization is provided by USCIS and is usually granted within 2-3 months after the student submits an application.

  • 24-Month Extension for Post-Completion OPT
    Students who graduate with a certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree are eligible to apply for an additional 24 months of OPT STEM Extension. The 24-month STEM Extension is provided by USCIS and is usually granted within 2-3 months after the student submits an application.

  • Off-Campus Work Permission Based on Unforeseen Financial Change (Limited Eligibility)
    The severe economic hardship employment authorization benefit is intended to address situations where a financial need beyond the student’s control arises, which was unforeseen at the time the student applied to the school he or she is currently attending and after all other potential employment opportunities have proven to be in sufficient.
    Please Note: Applicants must pay a $480 application fee, and USCIS will likely take between 4-7 months to confirm or deny a request.

Please Note:

Receiving a benefit in exchange for services rendered (for example, free room/board for babysitting or free rent for being a caretaker of an apartment building) is considered to be employment. Contact an ISSS adviser if you have questions.

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