International Students have specific restrictions on employment. In order for you to better understand this, it is necessary for students to understand the rules with labor clearly so they do not break any labor laws that could negatively affect their immigration status.
Please see the categories below to better understand your rights and the processes for each category of employment or practical training.
On Campus Employment is a benefit of F-1 and J-1 students in the U.S. There are restrictions based on the VISA status. It is pertinent all students are aware of their ability and restrictions with on-campus employment.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a benefit for F-1 VISA holders. There are restrictions, allowances and required workshops prior to approval. See the following information and steps to gain approval.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit for F-1 VISA holders. This is typically used after graduation. There are specific restrictions, allowances and required workshops prior to approval. See the following information and steps to gain approval.
Students that have completed a program in a STEM-eligible Major may apply for a STEM Extension through an employer that is E-Verify. Please check with your employer to see if they are an E-Verify Employer. The University of Colorado IS an E-Verify Employer.
Academic Training (AT) is a benefit for J-1 VISA holders. This provision allows employment and interships off campus. There are specific restrictions, allowances and requirements prior to approval. See the following information and steps to gain approval.
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