International Students - Claremont Graduate University

Report
International Students
WORKING
IN THE
UNITED STATES
Types of Employment
On Campus Employment – F-1 and J-1
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) – F-1
Optional Practical Training (OPT) – F-1
Academic Training – J-1
Paid vs. Unpaid
F-1 Working On Campus
No permission needed
up to 20 hours per week during regular fall
and spring semesters
more than 20 hours per week during regular
school breaks (including summer semester)
J-1 Working On Campus
Written permission needed from RO/ARO
up to 20 hours per week during regular fall
and spring semesters
more than 20 hours per week during regular
school breaks (including summer semester)
F-1 Curricular Practical
Training (CPT): CGU
Must be an integral part of the student’s curriculum: YOU MUST EARN UNITS
(or be on doctoral studies/continuous registration)
If not required for degree, eligible only after one full academic year of study
(9 months)
Department gives initial approval, final permission is granted by
DSO/International Student Advisor/Coordinator
Job offer required before approval can be granted
Approved for a specific employer(s), for a specific time period
Can be given for up to one semester at a time (one year if on doctoral
studies)
Can be Part Time (20 hours/week or less) or Full Time (more than 20
hours/week)
Full Time CPT cannot be granted while you are completing course work
• Only available while on doctoral studies or during summer semester or school breaks
12 months of full time CPT makes you ineligible for OPT
F-1 Optional Practical Training
(OPT)
Generally done after completion of academic program, but may
be done before completion
Employment must be related to field of study
Maximum of 12 months per academic level
Must be recommended by DSO/International Student
Advisor/Coordinator
Requires an application and fee ($340.00) with USCIS
Final approval granted by USCIS (EAD), generally takes 90 days
to be approved – APPLY EARLY
No job offer required for approval
Application must be submitted to USCIS prior to program
completion (the day you complete your degree requirements –
NOT the same as graduation
F-1 Optional Practical Training
(OPT) cont.
Other important OPT notes:
You can use OPT anywhere in the US
You may switch employers
You are eligible for OPT after each
higher degree earned
you can use your OPT while waiting for
a change of status to H-1B
J-1 Academic Training: CGU
Can be paid or unpaid
Can be done during or after studies
Needs approval from academic advisor
and RO/ARO
Length of time depends on whether
student is non-degree or degree-seeking
(Master’s or Doctorate)
Next Steps
Always check with your Int’l Student
Advisor/Coordinator before accepting
any offer of employment
I-Place is also available for questions at
any time ([email protected] or
909-621-8344)

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