students holding either F-1 or J-1 status may obtain both on-campus
and off-campus work authorization if certain eligibility requirements
Employment cannot exceed 20 hours per week; this amount
includes all other authorized employment. International students may
work more than 20 hours per week during official university breaks
only (Winter Break, Summer Break, etc).
employment does not need to be related to the student's field of
students only: J-1 students are required to report all on-campus
employment to the Office of International Services. If you are a J-1
student and plan to work on campus, please come to the OIS office
and speak with a student advisor before beginning your employment.
and J-1 students are eligible for off-campus employment in the form
of Practical or Academic Training if they have been maintaining
their status and if they meet other eligibility requirements.
F-1 students interested in applying for OPT are required to attend
an employment options workshop. The presentation explains
eligibility requirements, regulations and application procedures for
Optional Practical Training and the OPT STEM extension.
J-1 students are required
to make an appointment with OIS to review the J-1 Academic Training
Practical Training is off-campus training in the form of an
internship, co-op or practicum that is an integral part of an
established curriculum. CPT must be either required or be an
established part of the student's degree program. CPT is an option
for students who will continue to work towards their degree. To
apply for CPT, the completed application, found below, must be
submitted to OIS. You must have your approved CPT I-20 before you
begin your training.
Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly
related to a student's field of study. F-1 students are eligible for
up to 12 months of OPT authorization for each level of study (ex.
BS, MS, EdD). The majority of students apply for OPT as they near
the end of their academic studies. Utilizing OPT after completion of
studies allows students the opportunity to use the skills they have
learned at GSU to gain real world experience.
Please attend an OPT workshop for application materials and
OPT is an additional 24-month
period of OPT granted to a student on post-completion OPT who meets
specific government qualifications. Students must apply for STEM OPT
before their current OPT period ends.
Please contact OIS to schedule a phone appointment to review the
process to apply for STEM OPT.
see note above regarding J-1 students and On-Campus Employment)
is Academic Training?
Training is work authorization for students on a J-1 visa. This
training is authorized by the J-1 program sponsor and does not
require further authorization from USCIS or the Department of State.
Training may be available during your academic program and/or upon
the completion of your program. The following eligibility
requirements must be met:
primary purpose in the United States must be to study rather than
are in good academic standing and maintaining J-1 student status
proposed employment is directly related to your major field of study
your Academic Training, you maintain J-1 student status and apply
for extensions when necessary
maintain health insurance coverage for yourself and any J-2
dependents during your Academic Training period
are the general limitations of Academic Training?
employment may be authorized for the length of time necessary to
complete the goals and objectives of the training. The amount of
time must be approved in advance by both your academic advisor and
OIS. Your employment may not exceed the period it took for you to
complete your program or 18 months, whichever is shorter. See an OIS
advisor to discuss details.
employment for Academic Training counts towards the 18- or 36-month
must begin the training within the 30-day grace period of your
do I apply for Academic Training?
with an OIS advisor to discuss the documents needed to apply for
Academic Training. Once you have all the necessary documents, OIS
will help you apply for Academic Training. You must apply for
Academic Training before the end date on your DS-2019. Academic
Training cannot be authorized after the end date on your DS-2019.
can I begin working?
approval of your request by OIS, you will receive an authorization
letter and a new DS-2019.You may not begin employment until you have
received your new DS-2019 and the authorization date has passed.
Authorization Based on Economic Hardship
in both F-1 and J-1 status may apply for employment authorization
based on Economic Hardship. Please review the materials below for
eligibility information and meet with an OIS advisor to discuss the