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Employment options for international students are limited but available. F-1 and J-1 international students are eligible to work on-and off-campus with certain restrictions. Please familiarize yourself with the following information based on your visa type. If you have any questions about your eligibility to work on- or off-campus, please
consult your International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) advisor.
Please note: All off-campus work authorization requires prior approval from the ISS.
International students must maintain a full-time credit load during the academic year to maintain lawful immigration status and to be eligible for on-campus employment. Please see the ISS Maintaining and Changing Status page for detailed enrollment requirements based on your level and program of study.
School is considered to be “in session” during official term begin/end dates (includes exam time). You are limited to 20 hours of work during the week when school is “in session” i.e. during official term begin/end dates. See the "Part-Time vs. Full-Time Schedule Eligibility" chart on the Student Employment website here.
CPT is off-campus work authorization that may be obtained from ISS. It requires that you receive academic credit for the work experience for which you request authorization.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is "temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student's major area of study" that may be obtained from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as a benefit of maintaining lawful F-1 status. OPT authorization allows F-1 students to gain work experience in their field of study. Eligible F-1 students earn 12 months of OPT at each academic level (i.e., bachelor's, master's, PhD).
UPDATE: USCIS Filing Fee Increases: You may have heard that USCIS announced a filing fee increase for the I-765. On September 29, 2020 the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction and stay on implementation of the 2020 final USCIS fee rule in its entirety. This means that the fee increases will not take effect at this time. Please download forms and instructions directly from the USCIS website to ensure the correct form and filing fees are included. If you have questions please contact your ISS Advisor.
F-1 students who received a U.S. Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field may be eligible for an extension of post completion OPT. The CIP code of the degree's major field of study must appear on the DHS STEM Designated Degree Program List. Minors and concentrations do not qualify for STEM Extension eligibility.
APPLYING FOR THE 24-MONTH STEM EXTENSION:
UPDATE: You may have heard that USCIS announced I-765 fee increases. On September 29, 2020 the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of issued a nationwide preliminary injunction and stay on implementation of the fee increases. This means that the fees will not increase at this time. Please download instructions and forms directly from the USCIS Website to ensure that current forms and fees are included.
J-1 students must obtain prior written authorization from their program sponsor (the institution that issued their SEVIS DS-2019) before they start working on-campus for DePaul University. On-campus employment includes all jobs, assistantships and fellowships. In order for a student to be considered eligible for on-campus employment they must be enrolled as a full-time student and must be in lawful J-1 status.
J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus for the period authorized by their program sponsor assuming they maintain status. Students who finish their exchange program earlier than the end date on their DS-2019 form must stop working on-campus by the last day of classes.
As a J-1 student, you may work off-campus ONLY if you have obtained prior written work authorization called Academic Training from your program sponsor (the institution that issued your DS-2019 form) BEFORE you start working. The proposed employment must be directly related to your major field of study showing on your DS-2019. You must be in good academic standing and maintaining lawful J-1 status to be eligible for Academic Training. You need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) which is used to report your wages.
Academic Training is available before and after completion of your program of study. Post-completion Academic Training has to start within 30 days following completion of your J-1 program. However ISS has to receive your Academic Training request before your DS-2019 form expires (before the last day of classes). If you stay within the specified time limits, you may work either part-time or full-time while classes are in session as well as during vacation periods as long as your off-campus employment does not interfere with your academic performance/program objective. You must apply for and receive written authorization for Academic Training from ISS before beginning employment.
For more information, please see the following: Academic Training Handout
To apply please submit the following: Academic Training Application
It's important to remember that all off-campus work authorization requires prior approval from International Student and Scholar Services (ISS).