Discover what F-1 students are required to report during their 24-month Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) extension.
Working After Graduation
Discover how international students maintain their visa status while working in the USA after graduating—gaining practical work experience related to their program of study.
F-1 students may apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization, which helps them apply their classroom learning to the real-world.
F-1 students who receive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees and meet other requirements (see below) are eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).
With Academic Training, eligible J-1 students can deepen their Northeastern experience with employment opportunities that relate to their field of study.
If you want to switch your F-1 student status to a H-1B temporary employment status after completing a program of study or Post-Completion Optional Practical Training, read below about the cap gap extension.
F-1 students on Post-Completion Optional Training are required to report specific changes of their status to the Office of Global Services (OGS). See the full list below.
This is a sample J-1 scholar incidental employment letter from organizations or universities other than Northeastern.
These instructions will help F-1 students learn about and apply for Cap Gap extensions for H-1B visas.