Off-campus employment is expressly prohibited without specific DHS approval through an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Illegal employment is a deportable offense. Listed below are some employment options for F-1 visa students:
International students are eligible to work on-campus; however, employment is not guaranteed and can be hard to obtain. On-campus employment does not require an application to DHS, but does require authorization from the International Student Center. Students are limited to 20 hours per week and must maintain their F-1 status to be eligible for on-campus employment. Students have worked in the following departments: the Bookstore, Student Success Center, Student Life and Cafeteria. You are welcome to inquire at any department on campus to see if they can hire international students. Please note that international students are not eligible for work-study or financial aid employment.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit of the F-1 visa that allows students to work off-campus in a job directly related to their major. This work can be done while attending IVC or upon graduation; however, you must have completed one academic year in F-1 status in order to be eligible. Students who obtain OPT while in school must maintain their F-1 status and are limited to 20 hours per week. Students who obtain OPT after completion of an associate degree or certificate must work 40 hours per week; enrollment in school is not required.
A formal application to CIS with an application fee is required each time that you apply for this benefit. Typical processing time is 60-90 days so plan accordingly. The International Student Center will host workshops regarding this benefit throughout the semester for students wishing to learn more about OPT. Visit Events and Workshops for a list of available workshops.
NOTE: Students who have already had OPT authorization at a higher educational level are not eligible for OPT at IVC.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is offered to students studying a major where off-campus employment is an “integral part of the established curriculum.” At IVC this is limited to only a few majors. Please inquiry at the International Student Office about this benefit.
Severe Economic Hardship Employment
F-1 students may be eligible to apply for off-campus employment authorization based on severe economic hardship if they can demonstrate that there is an unforeseen severe economic necessity beyond the student’s control that requires off-campus employment. This benefit is available after the student has been in F-1 status for one academic year.
Students must verify that employment opportunities are not available on-campus and that employment will not interfere with their studies. A formal application to CIS with an application fee is required and typical processing time is 60-90 days so plan accordingly. You may schedule an appointment with your international student advisor for detailed information.
Income Tax Filing Requirements:
Employed international students are required to file Federal and State income tax
returns each year. Information about this requirement will be sent to you by email.