F-1 Off-Campus Employment
The following types of off-campus employment categories are available to non-immigrants in F-1 status:
Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training: Pre-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) is the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in your degree program to off-campus work in your major field PRIOR to your graduation. Optional Practical Training (OPT) is 12 months of available work permission authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Post-Completion Optional Practical Training: Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an employment authorization that allows F-1 students to work off campus in a position directly related to their field of study AFTER completion of studies. OPT is an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the degree program to off-campus work in the major field.
Work with an International Organization: F-1 International Organization work permission is a type of employment authorization for F-1 students who have been offered an internship with a recognized international organization. Such organizations include the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, United Nations, IFC and others.