F-1 students may apply to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, which helps them apply their classroom learning to the real-world.
The Office of Global Services at Northeastern University helps international students and scholars learn what steps they must take before working in the USA both before and after graduation.
F-1 students who receive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees and meet the requirements below are eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).
If you want to switch your F-1 student status to an H-1B temporary employment status after completing a program of study or Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), read below about the cap gap extension.
Sometimes in life, the unexpected happens. If you experience a financial hardship and you are currently studying in the USA on an F-1 visa, you may request an employment authorization.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a benefit for eligible F-1 students to authorize off-campus practical training physically located within the U.S. as required by a student’s curriculum or any co-op experience.
There are regulations around work for F-1 students. Learn what is possible here.
If you are an F-1 student, you may be eligible to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT), which helps students gain relevant work experience within their field of study.
F-1 students on Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) are required to report specific changes of their status to the Office of Global Services. See the full list below.
Discover what F-1 students are required to report during their 24-month Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) extension.
Stipended Graduate Assistantships (SGA) help eligible F-1 and J-1 students to successfully participate in part-time teaching while performing world-class research.
At Northeastern University, F-1 and J-1 students are encouraged to give back so others can get ahead. While volunteering may seem simple, it is actually a complex area in which immigration regulations and labor laws intersect.
Want to work outside the U.S.? Do you have an opportunity to participate in an international co-op? International students need to get an approval from the Office of Global Services (OGS). OGS also provides some helpful tips on traveling abroad and re-entering the U.S.