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- On-Campus Employment
- Curricular Practical Training for F-1 Students
- Initial Optional Practical Training for F-1 Students
- STEM OPT Extension for F-1 Students
- Off-Campus Employment
- Employment for J-1 Students and their J-2 Dependents
- Going Global, An Internet Job and Career Resource
- Employment Links
- Eligibility for Social Security Number
- Sample listing of employers who have recently hired international students on CPT or OPT
Employment Overview - Read this for general information and to learn how "Employment" is defined by immigration law.
BU Employment Letter Template for a Social Security Number (department letterhead must be used)
Employment at a SUNY university or college that is not Binghamton University is considered off-campus employment. If you are in F-1 status you must apply for and receive the appropriate authorization, usually Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT), from the ISSS before you begin any employment activity at a different SUNY university or college. Students in J-1 status must also request written authorization from the ISSS. Remember: any position at the SUNY campuses in our regional area: SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Morrisville, Broome Community College or any other State University of New York institution is off campus employment. If you have questions please contact ISSS staff BEFORE you begin the employment.
* Don't forget - you are required to register for at least one course credit that reflects your CPT during each semester (or equivalent time period during the summer) of the CPT employment. This is necessary for a paid or unpaid internship. This one credit is part of your required full time course registration (or full time equivalent course registration)
DO NOT Begin your position until you receive your new I-20 for CPT!
Please note: Applying for CPT authorization is not the same as being authorized to begin the paid or unpaid position you have been offered. You are not authorized to begin your position UNTIL you have the new I-20 for CPT in your possession, and the start date on the I-20 has arrived.
It is necessary for you to be very careful to obey the federal immigration regulations governing CPT. If you have any questions about when you can begin your paid or unpaid position please ask ISSS staff.
In this section of the website, you will find the federal immigration regulations governing Optional Practical Training (OPT), the necessary forms to apply for OPT and instructions on how to apply.
Information and Guidelines
F-1 Students: Be Prepared While Traveling on OPT
(linked with permission of the Murthy Law Firm)
Forms and Instructions
NOTE: It will take approximately 3 months for USCIS to process your OPT application and issue the EAD card. You cannot begin work nor training for a position until the EAD card is in your hand. The application deadline is within sixty days following your degree completion date, but it is strongly advised that you apply earlier to allow sufficient time for your EAD card to be processed.