Degree–seeking international students can be eligible for employment and other types of practical training in the U.S., but with certain restrictions. The role of the Center for International Education (CIE), and specifically International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), is to provide guidance to students about their responsibilities and the benefits available to them in accordance with immigrations regulations and policies.
Degree-seeking international students can explore the following work opportunities while they are in F-1 status:
1. On-Campus Employment
2. Off-Campus Practical Training
A. Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
B. Optional Practical Training (OPT)
C. 24-Month STEM OPT extension
D. Cap Gap Extension
3. Other Off-Campus employment
A. Employment based on severe economic hardship
B. Special Student Relief for F-1 students
C. Employment with an International Organization
The Center for International Education, through International Student and Scholar Services, offers a variety of services to help degree-seeking international students and scholars understand their employment benefits. The following services are available to new and continuing students as well as alumni:
Meet with an Advisor/DSO
International Student Advisors are available by drop-in or appointment. Current students can schedule an appointment online by clicking here, or find out available drop-in hours by calling 562-985-4106. Alumni students can contact the ISS front desk at 562-985-4106, or email an advisor to schedule a specific time.
These webinars are short 30-minute online sessions, where students can learn the basics about employment benefits such as CPT, OPT, STEM OPT, and on-campus employment.
Workshops are 45-60-minute sessions, where students can learn in detail about the different employment benefits available to them. Learn about eligibility requirements, application process and deadlines, and how to continue to maintain F-1 status while in CPT, OPT or STEM OPT.
These are 60-90-minute sessions where students will learn about special topics of interest such as: H-1B visa, MAVNI program, professional and career development topics, taxes, social security, among other things. These sessions will be presented by experts, guest speakers from the community, and other CSULB departments.